Homemade BBQ Sauce

1 C ketchup

1 C water

1/3 C apple cider vinegar

1/4 C firmly packed coconut palm sugar

1 TBSP onion powder

1 TBSP chili powder

2 TBSP tomato paste

1 1 /2 TBSP dark molasses

1 tsp black pepper

OPTION:Red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil over med heat, stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat to low; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, maybe about 25 minutes or until thickened.  Cool 10 minutes and cover and chill until ready to serve.  Can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to one week.

To spice it up and make a sweet tangy sauce add 2 tsp or more (to taste) of red pepper flakes.