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Southern Style Barbecue Sauce

16 ounces hot sauce
2 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes, crushed
1 small onion, sliced
1 celery stalk, sliced
3 cups tomato puree
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 lemon, sliced

Combine all the ingredients in a heavy pot and heat just till hot. Don't bring to a boil or the sauce will turn dark and become thin. Cool the sauce to room temperature, strain it and store it in a tightly covered jar in the refrigerator.