Basic Barbecue Sauce (Black Jack BBQ Sauce)

In the early 1960's, our grandfather built a concrete block barbecue grill in his backyard. It was a great place to cook out, and that was where barbecue mania first took root in our family. He wrote off to Marlboro Country and received a booklet in the mail - a beautiful, 4-color depiction of chuckwagon cooking and the cowboy life. There was absolutely nothing "cowboy" about our grandfather, but he took to outdoor cooking right away, starting with something called "Black Jack Barbecue Sauce."

Now, we have been through countless incarnations of "Black Jack Barbecue Sauce," including our MOM's "World Famous." But here's the basic recipe. We recommend that you try it for yourself, then make up your own version.

We'd love to hear how yours turns out!

Marlboro Country Black Jack Barbecue Sauce

1 cup strong black coffee

1 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 cup catsup

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 Tbs chili powder

2 tsp salt

2 cups chopped onions

1/4 cup minced hot chili peppers

6 cloves garlic, minced

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 25 minutes. Strain or puree in a blender or food processor. Refrigerate between uses. Makes 5 cups.

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MOM's "World Famous" Barbecue Sauce is our family's billionth rendition of the original Black Jack Barbecue Sauce recipe that our Grandfather received from Marlboro Country. Start with the basics, and don't be afraid to make it your own. Try adding cumin, soy sauce, or fresh parsley. Have fun and experiment with your favorite flavors.
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