Homemade Sweet Baby Ray’s Style Barbecue Sauce

Makes about 1 3/4 cups


1 1/4 cups ketchup (preferably organic)
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 TBSP molasses
1/4 cup 100% pineapple juice (no sugar added)
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. smoked paprika
2 tsp. mustard powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. finely ground black pepper
1/4-1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, to taste


1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients. Let cook for 4-5 minutes, or until thickened to desired consistency. (Keep in mind the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools — if it thickens too much, thin with a little water or more pineapple juice).
2. Taste, and adjust the level of heat if necessary. Let cool, then store in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to a couple of weeks. Smother on everything.