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All-American Barbecue Sauce

Rated as 4.86 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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5 m servings 45
Original recipe yields 24 servings (3 cups)


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


  • 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

Per Serving: 45 calories; 0.1 11.6 0.4 0 226 Full nutrition

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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

This is a great, basic recipe. I couldn't help adding a bit of red wine vinegar and soy sauce. The recipe is a good one, that's open to all kinds of experimentation!

Better than store bought. Easy to make with pantry ingredients and taste great. Has a nice back end heat, I used it on pulled pork, and everyone ENJOYED!

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 ...