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Gill Bland

Great Nanna’s Favourite Barbecue Sauce

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 2nd June 2014

I am about to entrust you with something very special. I think every family has its own recipes that are handed down and have a special place in our hearts. My childhood memories of Barbecues revolve largely around excessive amounts of chicken wings in sticky chinese sauce, Spanish tortilla, rice and sweetcorn salad and this Barbecue sauce. I even have a dim recollection of mixing this sauce with the aforementioned rice and sweetcorn as a way of having more. That may be well a figment of halcyon-hazed memory, but it gives you some idea of the place that this sauce has in my heart. So, I pass this on to you in the hope that it will grace many-an indoor or outdoor Barbecue this summer and cause many-a tomatoey smile. It would make a great gift to take with you to someone else’s Barbecue.

Mum says she’ll collect the royalties at a later date. 





Great Nanna’s Favourite Barbecue Sauce

(very good for freezing!)


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 150ml or ¼ pint tomato ketchup
  • 150ml  or ¼ pint water
  • 3 tablespoons wine vinegar (or ordinary vinegar will do)
  • 2 teaspoons made mustard
  • 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
  • 2 table spoons Worcester sauce
  • 1 table spoon tomato puree
  • A few drops of Tabasco sauce OR a pinch of smoked Paprika
  • Salt and pepper



  • Heat oil in pan and sauté onions until soft.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients, bring to boil, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove lid and cook for further 2-3 minutes to reduce and thicken sauce.
  • Makes bout ½ pint or 300ml

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