Barbecue sauce: To make it sweet and spicy, add chipotle in adobo and maple syrup. Or blend equal parts ketchup and peach jam with just a touch of lemon juice to make a sticky and addictive sauce for ribs.
Stir-fries: Use it like ChineseAmerican home cooks and make a sweet-and-sour stir-fry sauce.
Meatballs: Instead of the usual tomato sauce, simmer meatballs
Southern-style in a mixture of ketchup, currant jelly and Worcestershire
Coleslaw: Make one of the more obscure Southern styles: the pinktinged “red slaw.” Just whisk ketchup with cider vinegar, sugar and hot sauce.
Shrimp cocktail: Mix in some Worcestershire, Cajun seasoning and lemon for a Bloody Maryinspired cocktail sauce for shrimp.