Nan's "Gilding-the-Lily" Rib Sauce
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
½ cup finely chopped sweet green pepper
1 clove garlic, minced (see notes)
½ cup tomato sauce
½ cup tomato ketchup
1-2 tablespoons light molasses (not blackstrap)
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon Liquid Smoke
Add the olive oil to a medium-size saucepan and place over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add onion and green pepper and sauté until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add and stir in tomato sauce and ketchup. Add and stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a low simmer and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Makes about 2¾ cups sauce.
Notes: ½ teaspoon granulated garlic may be substituted for the fresh garlic. Sauce will keep well for at least a week when kept covered and refrigerated.