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Sweet-and-Tangy Tomato Barbecue Sauce

Sweet-and-Tangy Tomato Barbecue Sauce

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

This recipe goes with The Southern Living Pulled Pork Sandwich

Southern Living JUNE 2012

  • Yield: Makes about 2 cups
  • 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.


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