Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett 
Makes 5 cups

Can't decide if you like your 'cue spicy or sweet? You get the best of both worlds with Sweet-and-Spicy Barbecue Sauce.

How to Make It

Sauté onion, minced garlic, and jalapeño pepper in hot olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in ketchup, dark brown sugar, vinegar, apple juice, honey, Worcestershire sauce, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, celery seeds, and dried crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Use immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 month.

Ratings & Reviews

sreneefe's Review

July 07, 2013
This recipe ranks among the absolute BEST rib recipes I have ever tried. Each component is superior. It was well worth the trouble. My southern family has very entrenched ideas of what good barbeque should be and they all loved this recipe.

PieQueen's Review

August 11, 2013


January 04, 2016
This was my first time making homemade bbq sauce and it turned out great! About halfway through though it tasted a bit more sweet than spicy though, so I added another 1/4 cup of ketchup, 1tbs of cayenne pepper and 1tsp of liquid smoke and I threw in 1tsp of smoked paprika, and also used a hand blender to make it smoother, and it turned out amazing! Thanks for the recipe, everyone loved it.