This recipe makes a great semi-sweet sauce for smoked barbecue ribs. Serve this warm on the side along with your ribs or baste directly on the ribs during the last 30 minutes of cooking.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
64
Yield:
4 cups
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Ingredients

64
Original recipe yields 64 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic and saute for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes. Then add the ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, honey, cayenne pepper, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce.

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  • Simmer for 60 more minutes, then transfer mixture to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Nutrition Facts

11 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 2g 1% DV; fat 0.4g 1% DV; cholesterol 1mg; sodium 28.1mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2005
I was looking for a BBQ Sauce recipe to try with ribs that I could make from ingredients I had on hand. This one looked the best of those I found but I didn't have 6 tomatoes. I used 3 and added a small can of tomato sauce. I also added half a tablespoon of liquid smoke. Haven't even had the ribs yet but everyone in the family has tasted the sauce and they love it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2005
I was looking for a BBQ Sauce recipe to try with ribs that I could make from ingredients I had on hand. This one looked the best of those I found but I didn't have 6 tomatoes. I used 3 and added a small can of tomato sauce. I also added half a tablespoon of liquid smoke. Haven't even had the ribs yet but everyone in the family has tasted the sauce and they love it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2008
Very good - couldn't be bothered to puree it so left it chunky. Superb result - the onion caramelised and singed around the edges adding to the bodacious yummy taste. Thanks Steve! Definitely make again and again. Even considering making a load letting it go cold and using it as a salsa. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/22/2003
Steve is right his rib sauce is very good. I tryed it and everyone liked it.gardiner Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2011
Sweet with a little heat in the back of the throat. Nice sauce! I did food processor it a bit before basting it on a sirloin steak not having any ribs to try out on. I also didn't have any tomatoes but I didn't miss them. NM chile powder is a dried mildly hot pepper so I subbed some homemade hungarian hot I made last year just a 1/4 tsp was plenty of heat and smokiness. I really liked this and think it would be great on ribs! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2011
Excellent recipe! Exactly what I've been looking for. A nice "red" barbecue sauce as opposed to brown/molasses type. Thanks for the post! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2006
Great sauce... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2012
This was very good. I added a couple of squeezes of lemon juice and as I didn't have cayenne I subbed in a packet of pizza pepper flakes. Will definitely make again. Very forgiving recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2017
It was the right amount of effort for the tasty end result! I made it exactly as Steve asked us to and wow! Bodacious it is I really enjoyed the sweet heat! Thanks for the great new recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2017
I made this by the recipe and it was fantastic! Great flavor Read More