How to make Barbecue (BBQ) Sauce
In the United States,
there are a variety of kinds of barbecue (BBQ) sauce
from different locales in the country. The BBQ sauce recipe
is a Kansas City style
a thick dark brown to red, sweet, tomato and molasses based
is really a very good sauce. Try it. You'll
probably want to make a
double recipe. I like to use it on Pork Spare Ribs (How to Cook Great Ribs).
Preparation Time: 1:00
Categories: American, Sauces
In the United States there are four basic kinds of BBQ
and Thick - Kansas City style sauce. It
is dark brown to red, sweet, with a tomato and molasses base, and is
not very spicy. This is the style of sauce that this recipe makes.
Commercial examples of Kansas City style sauce are KC Masterpiece®, and
and less sweet - Texas style sauce. This sauce is a tomato
based sauce, not as thick as the Kansas City style, with hot chilies or
red (cayenne) pepper, and it usually has cumin as an ingredient giving
it a south western flavor.
and somewhat sweet - St. Louis style sauce.
This sauce is a combination of the above two types of sauces,
Kansas City and Texas styles. It is tomato-based,
thinned with vinegar, and both sweet and spicy, but not as
sweet or thick as Kansas City style, nor as
spicy hot as the Texas style.
and thin - Memphis style and other south eastern
styles including North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia
styles. The common base ingredient in these sauces is
vinegar, and they vary on the other main ingredients, mustard, tomato,
hot chilies, black pepper, etc. If you are looking for this type of sauce, try this recipe [ibdjohn.com].
Note that sweet sauces that have high
sugar content should not be
applied before cooking when using high-heat cooking methods, like
sugar in the sauce will burn and you'll have a crispy black coating on
- 2 cups water
- 1½ cups light corn syrup
- 1 cup tomato paste
- 1 1/3 cups distilled white vinegar
- 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 6 Tablespoons (about 3/8 cup) molasses -- I use Grandma's
Original (Mild Unsulphured)
- 2½ teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard, ground -- I use
Colman's Dry Mustard
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preparing the Barbecue Sauce:
1. Combine all ingredients in a medium
saucepan over high
heat and whisk until smooth.
2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then
reduce heat and simmer
uncovered until reduced by half. This may take quite some time. Just keep simmering it until it becomes thick.
3. Cool, then store in a covered
container in the
Makes 3 cups