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Traditional Barbecue Sauce

Traditional Barbecue Sauce

This recipe goes with Sunset Classic Barbecue

Sunset JULY 2004

  • Yield: Makes about 4 cups. (serving size: 1 tablespoon)


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 2 tablespoons ground dried ancho chiles (or regular chili powder)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons Herb spice rub
  • 1 cup meat juices or beef broth
  • salt


1. In a 2- to 2 1/2-quart pan, combine ketchup, molasses, granulated sugar, brown sugar, lemon juice, cider vinegar, Worcestershire, ground dried ancho chiles (or regular chili powder), ground ginger, and the herb spice rub. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thick and reduced to about 3 cups and flavors are well blended, 20 to 25 minutes.

2. Add meat juices (supplement with beef broth if you have less than 1 cup, or use all beef broth) and salt to taste. Serve warm or cool.

Nutritional analysis per tablespoon.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 30
  • Calories from fat: 3%
  • Protein: 0.3g
  • Fat: 0.1g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 7.5g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Sodium: 113mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

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