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South Carolina-Style Barbecue Sauce
We find it this sauce especially delicious with something quite un-barbecue-like: grilled shrimp

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup minced onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/3 cup commercial yellow mustard (like French's)
3 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon coarse salt

1. Heat the vegetable oil over moderate heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, or until slightly soft.
2. Add all the remaining ingredients, and simmer sauce, uncovered, for 20 minutes. (The sauce will thicken slightly.)

The Carolina story gets even more complicated when you consider South Carolina. There, as in Georgia, yellow barbecue sauce, made with lots of commercial mustard, is often the sauce of choice. We're not too crazy about the flavor of french's mustard, but the following medium-thick, yellow, authentic sauce does add delicious layers of flavors to the mustardy core. We find it especially delicious with something quite un-barbecue-like: grilled shrimp. Makes about 1 cup