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Texas BBQ Sauce

TEXAS BARBECUE SAUCE
Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ Restaurant Recipe

1 cup meat drippings or smoked chicken stock
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons bacon drippings or lard
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste.

Combine all ingredients plus 1/2 cup water in a large heavy pot and slowly bring to a boil over medium heat. Gently simmer over medium-low heat until richly flavored, 30 minutes, stirring from time to time to prevent scorching. You can also put pot on grill and cook sauce with smoke. Adjust seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.