From Grandma’s Cookbook: Southwestern Barbecue Sauce

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Memorial Day is a day to gather together and remember the men and women of the past and present Armed Forces, remember, all gave some and some gave all! Memorial Day is also known as unofficial start of summer. (Of course in the Texas Hill Country, summer is all year around, God Bless Texas!)

Don’t forget to visit your favorite state park or city park and enjoy the beautiful Texas Hill County. No matter if you enjoy camping at your favorite Hill Country state park, cooking out a city park, or your backyard, satisfy your family and friends with a mouthwatering barbecue sauce. Great on your baby back ribs or grilled chicken, this recipe is sure to keep them running back for more! To all the men and women who have served and who still do serve, there are no words to honor your sacrifice. God Bless the U.S.A., and God Bless Texas!

Southwestern Barbecue Sauce



10 cloves of garlic baked @350 degrees for 30 minutes, peel

2 cups ketchup

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 cup sweet or yellow onion, chopped

1 cup water

½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed

½ cup butter

½ cup Worcestershire sauce

½ cup apple cider vinegar

3 Tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons Pepper

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

½ teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon ground cloves


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Slowly bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.  Allow to cool.  Pour mixture into a blender container.  Process until smooth.  Cover on your favorite baby back ribs, grilled chicken, or even on that burger.

Recipe makes approximately 5 cups

Recipe by Eleanor Bradshaw