Rating: 4.67 stars
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

I'm very excited to show you my take on America's most popular style of barbecue sauce--which of course originated in and around Kansas City. After you make a batch of this and taste just how incredible it is, I don't think you'll ever buy that stuff from the store again. Sauce may be used right away, but for best results, wrap and refrigerate for a day or two before using to allow the flavors to develop.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
3 cups
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, paprika, chili powder, cayenne, black pepper, allspice, coriander, and cumin in a mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly.

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Chef's Notes:

Try to use good ketchup. I typically go for the corn syrup-free version of America's most popular brand.

You can use sweet paprika instead of smoked.

Sauce does not need to be cooked if it's going to be used as a glaze for things like barbecued ribs and grilled chicken, but if it's going to be used as a condiment, then bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and allow to cool before storing in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts

45 calories; protein 0.4g; carbohydrates 11.6g; fat 0.1g; sodium 226mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (13)

24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2020
This was the first time I made it and all I can say is WOW this is incredible and so easy to make I will make it again and very soon Thanks Chef John Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2020
Great sauce! We marinated baby back ribs in a dry rub, slow cooked for 2-3 hours (4 racks), and then basted the ribs with this sauce before grilling. Also poured a little over the ribs as we ate. Will definitely be my go to BBQ sauce! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2020
As the title says, classic All-American BBQ sauce. I've made it three times now. Because my store doesn't have 2 cup-sized ketchup bottles, the regular 20oz bottle is just a bit more I just use it all now, and it gives me a container to deliver the goods later. I think the flavors meld the best after hearing to a summer. Funnel back into ketchup bottle when done. Other tweaks to consider: - add Sriracha for a garlicky heat - too sweet? Add Soy and Worcestershire Sauce - want smokey? Add a 1/4 tsp liquid smoke Once you make it the regular way, you'll want to experiment. Set out some ramikins and try adding pinches of different ingredients to see what you like. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2020
Quick and easy , taste great . i made 1/2 batch and kept it in the fridge for a couple of week . Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/01/2020
I reduce the sugar by half, with ketchup as a base you'll never miss it. That and add aTB of Worcesterhire sauce in place of the molasses. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2020
Excellent. Added 1/2 tsp. liquid smoke and 1 tsp. garlic powder. Will make again. (And I don't even like BBQ sauce!!!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2020
Woweeeee. This sauce is delicious. Used to make BBQ Pizza II also from this site. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2021
Simple and tasty. Made as shown. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2021
Made as written except subbed 1/4 tsp curry powder for the coriander I didn't have, solely on the basis they both start with "c". Brought to boil & then fridged overnight before using. Makes a perfect glaze for pork ribs as is. I'd play with the sugar & cayenne if making as a table sauce, it could use a little more of both I think. Read More