Casper's BBQ Sauce

This is a recipe our family does when we have family reunions and there is never any left after everyone gets their plates fixed.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
45 servings


  • 2 cups ketchup

  • 2 cups tomato sauce

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¼ cup water

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted

  • 2 tablespoons hickory-flavored liquid smoke flavoring

  • 2 cups tomato juice

  • ¾ cup molasses

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 1 cup whiskey (such as Jack Daniel's® Tennessee Honey) (Optional)


  1. Combine ketchup, tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, water, black pepper, paprika, salt, butter, liquid smoke, tomato juice, molasses, applesauce, and whiskey, respectively, in a large pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce is smooth and thickened, about 1 hour.

Cook's Note:

For a thicker sauce, use tomato paste instead of tomato juice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

74 Calories
1g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 45
Calories 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 256mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 211mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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