Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

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Kansas City Barbecue Sauce Recipe
Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Thick, tomato-rich Kansas City sauces are sweeter than those from other barbecue regions. While commercial renditions can overdo the sugar, this version (inspired by the scrumptious Gates Original) balances sweet with spice.

2 1/2 cups (serving size: about 2 tablespoons)


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1 cup plus 2 tablespoons ketchup
1 cup water
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
3/4 teaspoon ground celery seed
1/2 teaspoon smoked salt (such as McCormick)


Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer 25 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Created date

June 2007

Nutritional Information

Calories 31
Caloriesfromfat 3 %
Fat 0.1 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 0.3 g
Carbohydrate 7.8 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.3 mg
Sodium 198 mg
Calcium 12 mg