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A mason jar full of spicy ketchup sits on a wooden table next to a dish of the ketchup ready for dipping.
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4.25 from 4 votes

Spicy Ketchup AKA Thunder and Lightning Ketchup

This spicy ketchup is flavorful and not too spicy. It is easy to make and a fun addition to ribs, meatloaf, roasted chicken and so many more staples.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: BBQ
Cuisine: American
Servings: 32
Calories: 28kcal
Author: Mirlandra


  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper
  • 1/4 onion yellow
  • 1/2 cup deli-sliced peperoncini peppers
  • 1 #10 can ketchup 114oz
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup white cooking wine I use cheap dry white from Trader Joes $2-$3 / bottle
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground white pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground cayanne pepper
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground clove
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/2` tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. Tabasco Sauce original flavor (red)
  • 1/2 cup honey


  • Toss bell pepper, onion, and peperoncini slices in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely minced.
  • Add minced veggies and everything else except the honey to a large heavy-bottomed soup pot.
  • Cook on medium-high heat until the sauce starts to bubble. Turn it down to a simmer and continue to cook for an hour. Stir often enough to keep from burning. I like to set a timer and check every 10 minutes or so.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup honey and simmer for additional 5 minutes.
  • Decant and refrigerate.


Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 26mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.2mg