Use this toward the end of cooking as you would for any BBQ meat such as pork, ribs, or chicken. I have even used it on beef and hamburgers, sausages, hot dogs, or anything you want, for the most part. I use it on everything from ribs to roasts to hamburgers to hot dogs. Even goes good with a good old classic grilled cheese sandwich. This is a great all-round BBQ sauce. Use right away or cool to room temperature, transfer to jars or containers, and refrigerate. The sauce will keep for several months in the fridge.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
40
Yield:
40 servings
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Ingredients

40
Original recipe yields 40 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, honey, Worcestershire sauce, rum, mustard, liquid smoke, ground chile, black pepper, garlic powder, and allspice together in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until sauce is smooth and brown sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.

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  • Stir ketchup into sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is dark and thickened, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

53 calories; protein 0.6g 1% DV; carbohydrates 12.3g 4% DV; fat 0.5g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 294.6mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (15)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2013
I made this as directed with all the ingredients as listed. I too felt adding the ketchup after everything else was blended helped. The red pepper was a bit too spicy for me but exactly right for the hubby. Will definitely make this again and will half the red chile pepper. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/29/2018
average. too much pepper (both black and red). Needs more smoke flavoring. added more honey and still too spicy. I like spice but that recipe as written will take any carefully crafted or prepared meat will be lost. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2013
I made this as directed with all the ingredients as listed. I too felt adding the ketchup after everything else was blended helped. The red pepper was a bit too spicy for me but exactly right for the hubby. Will definitely make this again and will half the red chile pepper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2013
I enjoyed this recipe. I think the most important part is the simmering before adding the ketchup. That really helped the flavors. I will do that again. I do like the heat and smokiness of a chipotle or chipotle sauce in BBQ so I may exchange the liquid smoke next time. This is a good starting point and excellent method. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2015
This sauce had all the ingredients I look for in a good bbq sauce but this didn't quite do it for us. We found it a bit heavy on the smoke factor as written but really the problem for us was the large amount of powdered spices which left the sauce with a grainy texture and sort of pastey mouth feel. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/28/2018
average. too much pepper (both black and red). Needs more smoke flavoring. added more honey and still too spicy. I like spice but that recipe as written will take any carefully crafted or prepared meat will be lost. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2014
I've only just begun to try out BBQ sauce recipes. I'm from the western piedmont/foothills area of NC so I'm used to a smoky sweet red BBQ sauce. This recipe is a great place to start. As you make it experiment with how much spice or sweetness you prefer. I plan to make this recipe and then divide it in half and then make one more spicy and the other one more sweet for my family who has differing tastes! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2019
I cut the pepper in half and omitted the red pepper as some in the household don't like the heat.Good easy recipe to prepare. Served it chicken pieces today. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2015
Perfect for ribs. Not at all acrid after cooking which I find many bbq sauces to be. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2014
i am throwing a huge party and making a ton of pulled pork.. i see that this recipe makes 40 servings... not sure how much that actually is.... I'm looking to make about a gallon... any input for me as how to adjust the recipe to make about that much Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2013
I've made this twice in the last two weeks and we absolutely love it! All those various ingredients create an incredible flavor. It's not as sweet as so many BBQ sauces are just a very rich taste. The red chili pepper flavor mellows over time and although it was not too strong for us to begin with it was much less noticeable the second day. It is very easy to make and will be my new go to recipe for BBQ sauce. I used about a cup to cook a pork shoulder roast in the crock pot along with a sliced onion and diluted orange juice and then topped the pork with the sauce when served. Yummy! Looking forward to trying it with chicken and so many other dishes. Read More