Homemade ketchup is a fun and easy project, particularly for summer barbeques and cookouts with friends. This ketchup is enhanced with warming spices including cinnamon, clove, and cayenne. The brown sugar adds sweetness and helps to balance the spices and vinegar. This recipe was a hit at a recent dinner party with friends. I definitely plan on making this a staple sauce for the coming summer. 


  • Tomato paste (12 ounces, or two small cans)

  • Brown sugar (1/2 cup)

  • Apple cider vinegar (1/4 cup)

  • Worcestershire sauce (2 teaspoons)

  • Ground dry mustard (1 teaspoon)

  • Cinnamon (1/2 teaspoon)

  • Ground clove (1/2 teaspoon)

  • Cayenne pepper (1/4 teaspoon)

  • Salt (1 teaspoon)

  • Water (2/3 cup)


  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add all the ingredients except the water and fold together with a spatula until well-mixed.

  2. Stream in the water and mix until the ketchup is the consistency that you prefer. 

  3. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed, adding extra salt or cayenne if you like your ketchup more spicy.

  4. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.