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May 24, 2008 08:58 AM

Best BBQ sauce recipe?


Smoking, pork, brisket and chicken this weekend and would like to make a bbq sauce that compliments all of them. The Dinosaur bbq recipe is ok, but I'd like some new suggestions, please. Thanks so much!

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  1. I like this recipe. I took the U.S. Army's barbecue sauce recipe and made a few changes. It's sweet and spicy.

    Here are links to the original recipe:

    Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

    1/4 cup distilled vinegar
    2/3 cup (6-oz can) tomato paste
    3/4 cup ketchup
    3/4 cup water
    1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
    2 Tbs granulated sugar
    1/4 cup molasses
    1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
    1 tsp salt
    1-1/2 Tbs prepared yellow mustard
    1/4 tsp ground cayenne (red) pepper
    1/4 cup onions, yellow - chopped
    1/3 cup celery, chopped
    1-1/2 tsp garlic powder
    1/4 tsp chili powder
    1 or 2 tsp liquid smoke, hickory -optional

    Makes about 2-1/2 cups.

    Combine all ingredients. Stir well. Simmer for 30-minutes,
    stirring occasionally. When cooked, blend ingredients until smooth.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Antilope

      Thanks so much--it looks great. I might start with canned tomatoes instead of the paste and simmer all day.

      1. re: ketchupgirl

        If you don't like real spicy, cut the cayenne pepper down to 1/8 tsp or less.

      2. re: Antilope

        Thanks for the sweet and spicy recipe. My question is, what ingredient makes a bbq sauce "sassy"?

      3. I like Ina Garten's recipe. I also like a mustard based recipe availble in Recipe Gullet over on egullet. I tried a Wolfgang puck recipe that I liked a lot too. You grill onions and apples and a few other things before proceeding. Great sauce.

        2 Replies
        1. re: Calipoutine

          The Ina recipe turned out great--was worried it would be too sweet, but it's complicated and delicious and was a big hit. Thank you for the suggestion.

          1. re: Calipoutine

            I saw the episode where she made the sauce this weekend- it did look good- easy to make, but lots and lots of ingredients. I may try it this summer.

          2. This is my family's go-to recipe. There is always a container of it in our fridge.


            2 tbsp. vegetable oil
            1 onion, chopped
            1 garlic clove, chopped
            2 c. ketchup
            1/4 c. vinegar
            1/2 tsp. dry mustard
            2 tbsp. sugar
            1 tsp. chili powder
            Dash of cayenne
            2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
            1 tsp. salt

            Heat the oil in large saucepan and saute onion for 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1 minute more. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Store, refrigerated, in covered glass container.