makes 1 1/4 cups

The first nationally branded barbecue sauces were likely based on a Kansas City-style sauce like this one--thick, tomatoey,and sweet,with just a hint of hot.

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, 40 minutes.

Step 2

Divide sauce into separate containers for basting and serving at the table. (Basting brushes used on raw food should not be dipped into table sauce.) Use as a basting sauce during the last 10 minutes of cooking for steak, pork, burgers, or chicken. Discard any remaining basting sauce, and refrigerate leftover table sauce.

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Ratings & Reviews


June 30, 2017
So yum! Can't wait to share with the fam this weekend!! Sauteed the onion and garlic first and added a bit of butter. Fab!


March 24, 2019
With 1/4 cup of chili sauce, this is WAAAAY too hot!  I can't believe I spent all that time making it only to throw it out. :(

ChiChiFritanga's Review

March 22, 2010
This was the first time I made a BBQ sauce from scratch. It turned out excellently! I would definitely make it again. It is appropriate for both special occasions and everyday mealtime. I was very pleased with the results. I did, however, add 2T of brown sugar instead of the 1T. Make sure that you simmer it until it the sauce becomes thick. I served the BBQ sauce on steak, and had a side of mashed potatoes. My family loved it! Thank you.

voncroft's Review

April 19, 2012
I am going to hot bath this the next time so I have it on my shelf when I need it fast-thanks for great recipe

Shanky's Review

August 20, 2009
Sweet and tangy