Big Al's K.C. Bar-B-Q Sauce


This is a Kansas City-style BBQ sauce recipe that I make in my restaurant. It is sweet and smoky with a little bite.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 cups


  • 2 cups ketchup

  • 2 cups tomato sauce

  • 1 ¼ cups brown sugar

  • 1 ¼ cups red wine vinegar

  • ½ cup unsulfured molasses

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 4 teaspoons hickory-flavored liquid smoke

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon celery seed

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Mix together ketchup, tomato sauce, brown sugar, wine vinegar, molasses, butter, and liquid smoke in a large saucepan over medium heat. Season with salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, celery seed, cayenne, chili powder, and cinnamon.

  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for up to 20 minutes. For a thicker sauce, simmer longer, and for thinner, less time is needed. Sauce can also be thinned using a bit of water if necessary.


Brush the sauce onto any kind of meat during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

46 Calories
1g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 46
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 219mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 137mg 3%

* 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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