Sweet-and-Tangy Tomato Barbecue Sauce

Our Test Kitchen took cues from the pros to bring pit-barbecue flavor to the backyard.


Makes about 2 cups
Total time: 45 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 10 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes


1 cup ketchup
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 tablespoons dark molasses
2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper


Bring ketchup, 1 cup water, vinegar, brown sugar, onion powder, chili powder, tomato paste, molasses, and freshly ground pepper to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 25 minutes or until slightly thickened. Cool 10 minutes. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Store in refrigerator up to 1 week.