We don’t use a lot of barbecue sauce now, but there was a time when we seemed to go through it quickly. I got tired of spending money to buy it*, and so used this recipe from our reliable Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book. It’s because of this recipe that we have celery seed in our pantry!

Snappy Barbecue Sauce

1 cup catsup (or 1/2 of a 24 ounce bottle)
1 cup water
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon celery seed
2 dashes Tabasco sauce

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

*This was before the days of working for the Clorox Company. After receiving complimentary bottles of K.C. Masterpiece barbecue sauce for a while, we’re pretty loyal fans of their original concoction, but there are still times when it’s nice to make barbecue sauce from scratch.