Big Al's K.C. Bar-B-Q Sauce
This is a Kansas City-style sauce that I make in my restaurant. It is sweet and smoky with a little bite.
This is a Kansas City-style sauce that I make in my restaurant. It is sweet and smoky with a little bite.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this sauce!!!! This will be "one and only" BBQ sauce from now on. It's thick, sweet and spicy and beautiful in color! To try it out..first I cut the servings to 12. I followed the scaled measurements except only used a pinch of cayenne and chili powder. Concern was it may be too spicy for kids. I did not have celery seed, so I had to leave it out. If you like a sweet and spicy sauce you must try this recipe. I will use this on chicken, pulled pork and ribs. UPDATE: I've made this again using the celery seed and think I like the taste without it. Also for a nice thick sauce it is necessary to simmer on low for at least 20 minutes.Read More
Al must be holding something back if this is his restaurant version! This Barbeque Sauce needs some tweaking-Cut way back on the Red Wine Vinegar, double the spices (not the salt) and more Liquid Smoke. Also, use half tomato sauce and half tomato paste simmer about 10 min. longer than the recipe suggests-This will give you a thicker sauce.Read More
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this sauce!!!! This will be "one and only" BBQ sauce from now on. It's thick, sweet and spicy and beautiful in color! To try it out..first I cut the servings to 12. I followed the scaled measurements except only used a pinch of cayenne and chili powder. Concern was it may be too spicy for kids. I did not have celery seed, so I had to leave it out. If you like a sweet and spicy sauce you must try this recipe. I will use this on chicken, pulled pork and ribs. UPDATE: I've made this again using the celery seed and think I like the taste without it. Also for a nice thick sauce it is necessary to simmer on low for at least 20 minutes.
Great! For anyone who like's sweet baby rays brand barbeque sauce, this is it! And advice to anyone wanting to make it, don't leave out the liquid smoke! I didn't have any, so I was just going to leave it out, but then my Dad offered to buy me some and when we added it it was SO much better and really added to the flavor. Only suggestions are that oil can be substituted for the butter or left out alltogether, the molasses can be reduced and it's still sweet, and the chili powder, cayenne, and pepper should probably be doubled. Red pepper is also wonderful for the flavor.
This is a GREAT sauce! I am catering a wedding reception the end of this month and needed a sauce I could call my own, so my kitchen was tore up from the floor up! I measured the spices and saved them for later, then I mixed up the liquids over a slow flame, I did not have any red wine vinegar, but I did have some marsala I mixed 1/4c. and the balance I used of white vinegar, I did not add the butter, I figured the fat from the meat would be enough and I wanted it to have some table time. The sauce tasted good but it had no depth, I only used 3 teaspoons of liquid smoke, and let it simmer for a while. Once I added the spices it was the bomb! This is the best sauce I have ever tasted. The spices are fantastic!! Whoever thought cinnamon would work in a bbq sauce? I told my husband, we have to go get a piece of meat to go with the sauce. Thanks for sharing, this is great!! I also simmered it for about 1 1/2 hours to thicken, Uuummm finger licken good!! I will serve it with pulled pork and baked chicken, I am sure you could serve this with fingernails, and toe-jams.it is so goooood!
I better add my comment, since I have been using the sauce for months. After using this recipe, you can stop searching for the perfect KC BBQ sauce. You only need 2 BBQ sauce recipes, KC and Texas. This will fill your KC slot.
I grew up in South Carolina and this BBQ sauce is the closest I've come to having a "taste of home". I made it when my son and his fraternity buddies were coming to Blacksburg for a football weekend and even with a tripled recipe of pork, I didn't have a drop left. My son didn't believe everything was homemade. I used the slow cooker pork BBQ recipe with bouillon and coffee and poured this sauce over after shredding the pork. Didn't change a thing on either recipe!!
Al must be holding something back if this is his restaurant version! This Barbeque Sauce needs some tweaking-Cut way back on the Red Wine Vinegar, double the spices (not the salt) and more Liquid Smoke. Also, use half tomato sauce and half tomato paste simmer about 10 min. longer than the recipe suggests-This will give you a thicker sauce.
I have found THE one BBQ sauce. No more store bought awful ones here! I made just as is (but halved the recipe= 1 1/2 C) and I simmered it for about 50 minutes. The next day it was nice and thick. The liquid smoke is a great flavor in this (a must!), and mellows out by the next day. I also used a pinch of cayenne, so the kids could eat it. I used this on some pulled pork, next it'll go on grilled chicken. Next time I'll make the full batch to keep on hand.
I used the sauce for beef ribs. Whow! The ribs were out of this world. I braised the meat and then let it cook in a crock pot in the sauce for some hours - the ribs were fall-apart tender and oh, so delicious!
This is an incredible bbq sauce recipe. I followed directions exactly. Took 2 beautiful slabs of ribs, precooked them in very low temp oven with a bit of red wine, then grilled them with some garlic rosemary, then separated them and put them back in over with big al's sauce for another hour on very low temp. Amazing! It was a crowd pleaser.
Wow, this BBQ sauce is scrump-dilly-ious! I've tried a lot of BBQ recipes through the years and thought I'd never find the perfect one. Well, this is it! I did make a few changes per my tastes, but I still gave it 5 stars because we all have unique tastes, therefore it's be almost impossible to make all people happy. I'm documenting my changes for my future use. I used 1 cup apple cider vinegar instead of the red wine vinegar, I decrease the salt and pepper to 1/2 teaspoon each, I used smokey paprika, I added 1 teaspoon dry mustard, 2 tablespoons dried onions, 1 T wor. sauce, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon cumin. These additions are my tastes, not because the BBQ needed any changes. The rest of the ingr. I kept the same. Don't leave out the liquid smoke or it just won't taste like BBQ sauce. For those who said the liquid smoke has an artificial taste, it mellows into the sauce leaving a smokey flavor after it simmers a while. Next time I'll add chipolte chilies in adobo sauce for a hot wing version and maybe some roasted garlic in the butter. This made 1 and 1/2 quarts of liquid goodness. I really appreciate you listing this recipe. I can't wait to use it for the 4th of July family gathering! P.S. This wasn't spicy at all, so if you want a spicy sauce you'll have to add more cayenne. We had this on pulled pork sandwiches and my son reluctantly tried it and loved it. I was shocked! LOL
This recipe is very simple and tastes great. Not too sweet, not too spicy. And only about 30 minutes to make.
I've tried many bbq sauce recipes, but this is truly the best!
***SUBSTITUTE FOR 1 CUP OF MOLASSES: 1 cup honey; or 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar; or 1 cup dark corn syrup; or 1 cup pure maple syrup.*** I'm so glad I found this recipe. I made the recipe exactly which made about 4 cups. I only used 1/2 for ribs so I have some left over!
Its difficult to describe how good this sauce is! Followed recipe to a T. After reading many reviews I added 1 tsp. dry mustard and cumin, 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce and honey also added 2 tbsp. dried onions. Then brought it to a slight boil and simmered it for at least an hour. As it cooled I spent the evening coasting by and dipping my finger and pieces of bread into it. WOW is this ever tasty! Can't wait to try it on chicken and ribs. Thanks for sharing Big Al. You my friend are a stud!
This sauce is "The Stuff!!!". The first time I tried this recipe was actually out of necessity. Necessity meaning we had some baby back ribs to barbeque and we didn’t realize we were completely out of store bought bottled sauce and I was too lazy to change my clothes to make a run to the store so I decided to make a quick search online to see if I could find a good sauce recipe and maybe I’d be lucky enough to have all the ingredients to make it. (Too much information? Oh well.) Anyway, I did just happened to have all the ingredients to make half the original recipe amount and I was so impressed at the flavor of this homemade sauce that a week later I made a double batch of this wonderful stuff, cooked it way down thick and spicy, water bath canned five pints and saved the rest (about another pint) in a rinsed out ketchup bottle that was just emptied for part of the recipe. The recipe (followed to the letter and cooked down thick) has excellent flavor as it is. But I can see myself in the future changing it up a bit by substituting fresh ingredients for the powdered and making it a chunky version using fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic and cayenne peppers. And maybe going heavy on the garlic and adding cilantro and basil all from my garden. I give this recipe 5+ stars and I will probably never use store bought BBQ sauce again.
EDITED in 2014: Definitely an easy 5 stars. This is the best homemade bbq sauce I have ever prepared and I have been making it for quite some time. Such a beautiful rich color and the blend of spices is right on the mark. Alan sure does know what he is doing. Thanks for sharing.
I haven't posted a recipe review in years on this site, and had even let my account lapse. I created a new account JUST to rate this recipe! First of all, and I normally DONT alter a recipe the first time I try it, I had no ground mustard and no idea what sort of molasses to use, so I subbed honey. This sauce is the most perfect BBQ sauce I have ever tried...my step dad made it first true to reipe and it instantly remined me of the sauce put on the ribs at a certain famous Beale Street, Memphis cafe. However, when I used the honey for my own batch, it knocked everyone's socks off! The texture is perfect for grilling, marinating and even dipping. When I am in a time fix, I boil chicken breasts in water until done, drain, then coat with this sauce and put under the oven broiler for a wonderful faux bbq grilled chicken. I highly recommend using the honey, and not altering the recipe in ANY other way! (Be careful when grilling with honey, it scorches fast!) This recipe makes enough to share AND keep, and I am ashamed to say that the longer I keep it airtight in my fridge, the better it gets... By the way, I am also ashamed to say that when people tell me that I should bottle and sell "my" bbq sauce, I never admit that it really isn't my own! Thank you, Big Al, for my new title as BBQ Queen!!!!
No need to change a thing - excellent!!
This is a really decent home-made barbecue sauce. I probably won't make any other kind anymore. I love the blend of spices. A "little bit of a kick" is an understatement, though, and I love all things spicy. I guess I was hoping for a milder spice for my kids, but my husband and I will love it, anyways. I simmered this for half an hour for a thicker sauce...just like we like it!
After searching for years for a good bottled BBQ Sauce I gave up and started searching for DIY recipes...I found it! I now make this sauce in quantity and have it in quarts. None better.
This is one tasty sauce. I've never had Sweet Baby Ray's, so I have no comparisons. This is a sweet and tangy sauce. I ended up cooking it for about 1 1/2 hours. The sauce was still fairly thin, but thickened up well after it was off the heat. Tasted good on bbq chicken drumsticks. My only issue I had is that it has seemed to have lost some of the heat after sitting in the fridge for a day. All in all, this is probably the best sauce I've ever had.
Average at best. I thought I'd give it try based on the 600+ reviews, oh well. I'm making it as I write this, I keep tweaking the spices and have doubled and tripled cayenne and paprika looking for some heat. I've added some allspice, trying to replicate my favorite KC style sauce- Hayward’s, order some for yourself, it's amazing.
Fabulous! I've used this on pork back ribs, chicken, and tonight pulled pork - delicious every time! I've bought BBQ sauce from the butcher, then ordered online from Colorado, then bought KC Masterpiece (since the consumer mag rated it number 1). This tops them all! I made a big batch last time and froze half of it. Defrosted in no time and was just as good! Thank you!
WONDERFUL!!! Being a Kansas Citian myself, this is what KC is all about...EXCELLENT BBQ SAUCE. Everyone who tries it LOVES it. It tends to be a bit thin, so I cook it quite a bit longer for the desired thickness. THANKS BIG AL!
2 words - DA BOMB. I used this sauce on both beef and pork ribs. My guests were asking for more. A few even wanted some to take home. Excellent recipe.
Very good! I ran out of red wine vinegar so I had to sub about 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar; also, I had no celery seed so I used celery salt for the salt. We used about half on some barbecue chicken. Next time I might add some jalapeno or other chili pepper - the sauce is very sweet and I think a little more spice would be nice in this.
This is the absolute BEST! I have made it twice. The first time I followed the recipe exactly and the second time I substituted homemade ketchup for the tomato sauce (making it 4 cups of homemade ketchup in all). Both times were a big hit.
The taste of the vinegar was overwhelming. My son and I did not like this but my husband did. Do not make unless you are a vinegar fan.
I have been looking for a great KC sauce to make at home. This is it. The only reason I didn't give a ***** is that I like it with a little more kick, but this is great recipe. As good as advertised!
This sauce is awesome! I left out the celery seeds and used golden corn syrup instead of the molasses. I found it reached a nice, thick sauce consistency after simmering for 25 minutes.
Add my name to the list that finds this to be a super BBQ sauce.
This is a great sauce--the first I've tried that was a little more complex in its flavorings. Our favorite KC place is Oklahoma Joes. This sauce is close to theirs, but not as hot, so I added Red Pepper, plenty of black pepper, more celery seed and a bit more cayenne. Now we're talkin!
This sauce is really good! I made it tonight when I realized I was out of bottled sauce. I didn't have the liquid smoke, and I omitted the butter; otherwise I followed exactly. I love the balance between the vinegar and the sweet--perfect! I will be using this recipe from now on instead of the bottled sauce.
This was my first try at making my own BBQ sauce. I followed the directions exactly and it turned out perfectly! Everyone loved it!! I will never buy bottled sauce again.
5 Stars, that's all I have to say about that!
This is exactly what I was hoping for. I couldn't find liquid smoke so I had to do without, but still, five stars! Thank you Alan.
I rarely, if ever, give 5 star ratings, but good gracious does this one deserve it!! This is an excellent sauce. I made it once and have never looked back. I will *never* buy another bottled sauce again!! After making this sauce a few times - it's now a staple at my house - I tweaked it -which happened by accident from my not reading the recipe correctly - and used smoked paprika instead of regular (my choice), increased the cinnamon and chili powder to 1/2 tsp. This is definately a keeper! GOOD LUCK!!!
Absolutely Perfect the way it is. No need for any tweaks. Sooo good. Will never buy store bbq sauce again.
I've tried many sauce recipes, but this has the best taste ever. Used it over pork in a slow cooker overnight, and was beyond pleased with the results. It's rare to find a recipe that I don't need to 'tweak' to my own liking.
My first, and this far only, bbq sauce I've made. Love it!!! I can eat this stuff on its own with a spoon.
i've made this sauce a few times and it is great. its one of the best bbq sauces i've ever had. there have been times that i didn't have enough red wine vinegar so i also used some apple cider vinegar, i really like the flavor the apple cider vinegar adds. this sauce also keeps well in the fridge so make the whole batch.
I think this is great; HOWEVER, I prefer a more sweet taste over the vinegar taste. I doubled the molasses, brown sugar, butter, and spices. I did 6 teaspoons of the liquid smoke. I rated it 5 stars because it was good the way it was, I just prefer a molasses base instead of a vinegar base.
this is a easy sauce to make.my husband love it .it tastes so good.thanks
This is an AMAZING sauce. I make it in large quantities and jar it using the hot water bath canning method. Pint jars, process about 30 minutes (less might be fine but you can't overcook it or anything so better safe than sorry). The small amount of butter concerned me at first but it hasn't been a problem.
Qiurky as it may be I often begin to write a review before I have even start to make a recipe. This one I began by giving it glowing accolades then got a bit concerned I would have to edit. I wanted some good homemade sauce for my pulled pork sandwiches. Amazingly, even down to the coarsely ground black pepper, I had all the ingredients and made this EXACTLY as written. I opted to do the cooking/simmering in my microwave, stirring every few minutes until it thickened like I wanted. Tasting this sauce as you cook it is not sweet; it’s very, very tangy. Beware, this stuff is clear your sinuses vinegary tangy! But don't be too quick to judge (don't submit a premature review!) until you actually put it on the meat. My pulled pork sandwiches were great and I'll make this again. The vinegar mellows out considerably.
This was the best homemade recipe yet! I added 2 table spoons of worchesire sauce and that seemed to make the differance for me. I also cooked it twic as long to thicken it up.
I used everything except the celery seed and the cayenne and it was great! Thanks for this!
Very good- I used liquid mesquite-flavored smoke with great results.... FYI, the Dollar Store sells both kinds :-)
Very Good! I was looking for a BBQ sauce recipe I could "tweek" to suite my taste and finally found success! This is a very sweet sauce so I cut down the brown sugar to 3/4 cup instead of 1 1/4 cup. (Still very sweet) I also cut the molasses down to 1/4 cup. I doubled the spices but CAUTION: very spicy this way and may not suite the pallet for little ones. I however love spicey so this was fantastic! Also I omitted the butter bc it didn't seem like necessary calories and did not have celery seed. This will be my new sauce for BBQ pulled pork sandwiches! Thanks for the recipe!
An amazing sauce! Celery salt works well instead of celery seed, and I doubled the amounts for everything except the ketchup and tomato sauce, because i could taste that it had a ketchup base. Now it is molassas based and DeLiCiOuS!! :)
This sauce is the BEST! I double the spice but keep everything else the same, I also add a secret ingredient (never will tell) that really brings out the flavor and everyone compliments me on the sauce I use, this is THE BEST! Thanks Big Al!
Truly exceptional barbeque sauce!! My decision to make it was very last minutes, so I was restriced to ingredients on hand which meant a couple of changes had to be made. The first change was nothing more than using celery powder instead of seed, as I was out. The second change was a bit more significant. I don't keep molasses on hand, but I do keep honey so I used that. Because I know the molasses would lend a great depth of flavor that honey can't touch, I added 1/2 cup of really strong brewed coffee (to the recipe I halved) and it was wonderful, although I did simmer it about an hour to cook down the extra liquid the coffee added. I look forward to making it with the molasses as called for. Thank you for a beautiful recipe!
Excellent as is! I had to improvise on the red wine vinegar since I didn't have - ratio 1/2 cup of red wine + 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
AMAZING. Left this at the girlfriend's place and they ended up using it on just about everything! This recipe makes a lot, so I ended up buy a big ketchup bottle (for the recipe), cleaned out the remaining ketchip, and used the bottle for the leftover BBQ sauce, made it easy to serve later on.
I usually use a bottled sauce (there are some good ones) just because I don't have ribs often. But a couple of weeks ago we had a crowd over for a backyard BBQ. I didn't want to have bottled sauce so I decided to give this a try. It was wonderful and quite a success, everyone wanted to know the recipe and I don't hold back on recipes so I told everyone about "AllRecipes" and "Big Al's K.C. BBQ Sauce" Thanks Alan Arthur for posting it.
Good sauce! Only added little over half the vinegar, will go less next time. Added more spice, onion powder n splash of burbon wiskey!
I've never made BBQ sauce before, however, after making this, I doubt if I would ever buy bottled again. We all really liked it. I did use a liitle less cayenne than the recipe called for due to our kids. Next time, I am making extra and will freeze some.
This is, hands down, the BEST BBQ sauce I've ever had, (and I'm a BBQ lover, so believe me - I've tried a lot of BBQ sauces)! If KC style sauce is your thing, then this is your sauce.
This was very good. Will definitely make it again. Recommended it to many people at work. I suggest buying the squeezable bottle of ketchup that equals 2 cups. I actually had 2 cups of leftover sauce that I put back in the cleaned out squeezable ketchup bottle and had sauce all week long. Nice and handy way to keep it.
really super yummy!!! and you can't really mess it up. I like how you can adjust the seasonings to your liking. My kiddos love this on ribs.
Excellent! I will only need to cut down on the cayenne pepper only because its a little on the spicier side...I will make again and use on slow cooker meats like pork, chicken and beef.
Wow, is this sauce good. I didn't realize the recipe made so much. I guess I will freeze the rest. I didn't add liquid smoke as our family hates that "fake" taste. Other than that I followed the recipe to a T and we all loved it.
The Best recipe for bbq sauce I've ever made! I made half a recipe to use with my pork ribs and now I wish I would have made the whole batch~ Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic sauce recipe!
This is my go to BBQ recipe, absolutely love it. I follow the recipe exactly and it turns out amazing every single time.
This sauce is amazing! My little boy is allergic to fake preservatives and so I have been looking for a good BBQ Sauce to make...this is the best one I've tried! I didn't have Red Wine Vinegar so I used just plain Vinegar and it was delicous. It reminded me of Southern BBQ back home with the vinegar taste. I'm going to make it this time with the RWV and see which I like best. Thanks "Big Al" for this recipe....You Rock!
Other than scaling this by a quarter to only make 12 servings I followed the recipe to a *T* It is EXACTLY what I was looking for to accompany my slow cooked BBQ smoked pulled pork... delicious! Thanks for a winning recipe, it has been added to my permanent recipe book file
this recipe was awsome. i held out on a cup of vinegar du e to not liking the vinegary taste but over all it was a taste grabber!
I love this recipe! It's great for pulled pork sandwiches, meatballs, chicken strips and great to drizzle over a simple grilled chicken breast. I follow the recipe word for word and it has never failed me. I do, however, forget to add the butter each time but it seems to be okay without it. This is only BBQ sauce I ever make!
This BBQ sauce is delicious! I made it to use as a condiment for pulled pork sandwiches that I had prepared using a spice rub. Everyone loved it. It is so much better than common store bought sauce. There is a place for convenience, of course, but given just a little bit of time, you can make this with very little effort. I always check reviews before I make somehting from AR. As of today, this recipe has been reviewed 581 times with an average 5-star review. 2/1-star reviews, zero 2-star reviews, 16/3-star reviews and 563 4 or 5-star reviews!! The reviewers that gave this recipe 1 and 3 star reviews said most often they thought it was either too sweet or too vinegary . . . . . makes me wonder if they really know what Kansas City BBQ Sauce is supposed to taste like!!
Wonderful recipe! I didn't have paprika on hand but it still came out delicious. This will be a staple in our home. :)
I have made this sauce (a dbl. batch) at least four times for our family reunions. They love it and ask for it every time we get together. I would like to visit Big Al's restaurant if this is any indication of the food he serves. I follow the recipe exactly as written. This sauce keeps very well in the refrigerator...so there's no need to worry if there's extra left.
Everyone who tastes this sauce wants the recipe. Even my picky brother in law was seen pouring some into a plastic container to take home. Now that's the ultimate compliment.
I think this is the best tomato-based non-store bought sauce. I followed the recipe exactly and might reduce the celery seed to a 1/4 tsp next time (could be my celery seed), but after trying many, many other recipes, I find this to be the best. No more looking for me!
All I can say is OMG! I made this today (exactly as the recipe is printed) to simmer pork ribs in, and this is the best sauce I've EVER tasted. My brother is a chef and this got his thumbs up, and he's not an easy sell! This is my go-to bbq sauce from today on. Thank you for sharing this!!
FAST. EASY. INEXPENSIVE. DELICIOUS. No slicing, dicing, straining, etc. Had everything on hand. BETTER THAN STORE BOUGHT taste. Thanks so much for sharing! (I left out the smoke for family tastebuds and still won't buy another bottle again)
Love it, I make this sauce every time for the perfect ribs.
We have been looking for a recipe like this for years!!! It is so good! Real taste of Kansas where we lived for a couple of years. The liquid smoke is key to this recipe. Thanks Big Al!
I have been making this BBQ sauce for over a year now and all I get is rave reviews. I bottle it for family and friends
WOW! Thank you for sharing.
My husband and I love this recipe. I don't even buy store bought anymore. The second use and beyond are the best. By then, the flavors have really blended.
Fantastic! A hit every time! I will never buy a bottled bbq sauce again. Thank you for a great recipe.
This is absolutely one of the best...no changes to the original recipe! Have a Celiac grandson, this was perfect for him and he LOVED it.
I normally don't write reviews, but this I had to take the time to do so for this recipe. This is hands down the BEST BBQ sauce I have ever tasted. My husband was eating it with a spoon. The only change we made was doubling the cayenne for a bit more bite. We made a rack of beef ribs; they were killer thanks to this sauce.
I usually buy Kraft Honey Hickory but I like this much better. Boyfriend raved about it but would like it hotter next time...to me it was just right. It is sweet and tangy with a little peppery heat. It's also a perfect consistancy. No more bottled barbeque sauce in this house again! Thanks!
Its okay. Tastes commercial.
Best sauce EVER!!!! I won't search for another BBQ sauce! I tried this few weeks ago to make pulled pork sandwiches! and they were SO good!! Tonight i tried this with ribs!! They are just awesome!! I will have to try this with chicken! My youngest son wants to drink the sauce!! Amazing and i followed the recipe exactly except for cinnamon since i don't like it. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!!
Delicious!!! Just smelling this sauce makes you salivate! I made baby back ribs for my guys for father's day with this sauce and got raves! I'm a fiddler with recipes, but this is perfect as is.
I used this sauce on ribs, I baked the ribs in the oven for 2 1/2 hours at 300 then threw them on the grill and basted them on low heat for 30 minutes. They were to die for, better than most restaurants I've gone to! I'm going to try this sauce on pork chops on the grill tonight.
Amazing, especially when basted onto chicken on the bbq. I didn't have half the spices when I made it & substituted 1 1/2 tbs of Emeril's Essence & I only had a cup of red wine vinegar. It still turned out amazing.
The sauce was good but a little runny. I had to cook it so long to thicken it it became bitter.
This has been the hit of our summer barbeques. I have made this four times and served over ribs and chicken. Guaranteed, this is "finger-licking" good! I hate to see summer end here in Massachusetts. I usually use barbeque sauce only in the summer but, with this recipe I might have to change my ways! I prepare this a couple of days ahead allowing flavors to blend. It also saves on prep the day of. I have altered the amount of red cayenne to 1/4 teaspoon (personal taste) otherwise, I have followed this recipe exactly and it has not failed me yet. Thanks for a great recipe. This is one of the best on this site.
I too thought this was a tad vinegary. I will probably make this again and reduce the vinegar a bit. Overall, very good for my second try at homemade BBQ sauce. Much better than the first recipe I tried!
Love, love, love this! Will never buy bottled bbq sauce again and will make sure to always have ingredients for this on hand! So easy and just right flavor!
This was really delicious and my 4th of July guests commented favorably, including annoying picky husband. One thing that might be helpful to others - the day I made it I put in too much vinegar - I doubled the recipe and instead of the last 1/2 cup, probably put in 3/4 cup. I tasted the sauce as it was cooking and kicked myself for being careless with the stuff as the vinegar was so pronounced. Simmered 45 minutes, cooled and refrigerated. Mixed it up the next day with pulled pork - and the sharp vinegar character had faded. In fact, so much so that the intense flavors on Day 1 were quite muted on Day 2. Both good - just different. Hugs to Big Al!
This recipe is for lack of the perfect word GREAT. You can never make enough. I cooked for a grand opening for a little sports pub and cooked 240 lbs of chicken 20 gals of BBQ beans and 2 beef loin (flay minions) on my grill and finished it off with this. I could not believe it. I am not a big fan of vinegar base BBQ sauce until this one it changed my mind. First time I made it was cooking for a few days you know making lunch and dinner for a couple of days. This sauce was so good the only thing that stopped me from eating all of my next couple of day meals was I was too stuffed to eat any more had to stop. I make it at a gallon at a time not expensive and seem to keep for some time in the fridge. Just fallow the recipe it’s sweet with a little bit of a vinegar tang and has a little bite at the end. But all in all OH YES this is a keeper.
We enjoyed this sauce very much! Good balance between sweet and spicy but very easy to make sweeter or spicier as you like. I like to make my own, no high fructose corn syrup!
This sauce has a little bit of a tangy taste and I love it. People are always impressed when they find I make my own BBQ sauce.