I am going to give this a try in fact I have been thinking about tracking down a good homemade BBQ sauce recipe and one just happens to fall in my lap. The one my whole family likes is made in a town close to where my mom lives and is a very small family run company that Only sells in a few stores near where my mom lives. Since I only get out there every 4-6 months now we run out of stock before we can go visit. There is another brand I like but my wife hates it everything else store bought is not anything we like. Several years ago I found a recipe for a Carolina style mustard sauce that sounded really good. I went and bought the ingredients and made it. It smelled wonderful simmering on the stove but tasted awful it went in the trash real quick. Every so often my family reminds me of this flop so I have been wanting to give it a try again and redeem my self with a new sauce.
I do a fair bit of smoking meat and have come up with a ketchup based sauce that has become a real hit with my family and friends, including my wife who isn't a BBQ fan. I also do a white bbq sauce which is unique to the Southern states, mostly Alabama and Mississippi.
My ketchup sauce is as follows and may be what you're looking for:
2 cups ketchup
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1.5 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons dry ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
touch of cayenne pepper
Mix it all together in a sauce pan, bring to a simmer and let simmer for about 30 minutes until it thickens slightly. If any of you are interested in the white sauce I'm more than happy to post it as well.