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Michael Conner's "Black Magic" Barbecue Sauce

Michael Conner is a chef at the Lake Austin Spa Resort, an elegant health resort located on the shores of Lake Austin. This recipe, like other dishes served there, is low fat and low calorie (only 11 calories and 1/4 gram of fat per teaspoon).

1/2 small onion, finely diced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
1/2 cup Creole mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup dark beer
1 1/4 cups catsup
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

Sauté onion in vegetable oil over high heat until soft. Add garlic and brown sugar and reduce heat, stirring until sugar melts and darkens.

Add all other ingredients and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.

Serve as an accompaniment to smoked meats.

Makes 1 quart

This recipe first appeared in our Texas Barbecue book. Texas Travel Guide on Facebook

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