This recipe has a lot of sweetness and spice, so if you're looking for a classic BBQ sauce that's easy to make, look no further. It is very popular with users of 'ceramic' type smokers and grills, (i.e. Primo, Kamado, Big Green Egg, etc.)

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
32
Yield:
4 cups
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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a blender, combine brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, water and Worcestershire sauce. Season with mustard, paprika, salt, pepper, and hot pepper sauce. Blend until smooth.

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Notes

This will fill a 32 ounce ketchup bottle exactly. Cut back on the brown sugar to make it less sweet, or add more Worcestershire for more 'steak sauce' appeal.

Nutrition Facts

43 calories; protein 0.4g 1% DV; carbohydrates 10.2g 3% DV; fat 0.3g 1% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 278.4mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/21/2007
Boil the ingredients. The instructions don't say anything about cooking the sauce, but it is much, much better after its been cooked. As is, it was very gel-like, but cooked, you get a very flavorful sauce. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/31/2011
Wow!! Way too much red wine vinegar....makes me want to go the other way and finde a recipe without any vinegar at all. If you love vinegar, this ones for you. I didn't care for it at all, Read More
(18)
787 Ratings
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  • 3 star values: 35
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 15
Rating: 4 stars
02/21/2007
Boil the ingredients. The instructions don't say anything about cooking the sauce, but it is much, much better after its been cooked. As is, it was very gel-like, but cooked, you get a very flavorful sauce. Read More
(591)
Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2009
Great BBQ sauce!!! I cut the recipe in half for smoked baby back ribs. There's really no need to put this in a blender, just a bowl. I highly recommend putting this on the stove in a saucepan and letting it come to a boil for about one minute. Then take it off the stove and let it cool. This will let it thicken and allow the flavors to come through. If you like a sweeter sauce keep this recipe the same, if not cut back on the sugar. If you're like me and like a smoky BBQ sauce add 1/2 tsp. of liquid smoke for half the recipe or 1 tsp. for the whole recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2006
Ran out of Sweet Baby Ray's and needed something to make BBQ Country Style Ribs submitted by Glenda U. It would be foolish to ever buy the store bought kind again. You just can't compare them. This was great! Husband loved it, kids liked it....my 10 year old even put some on the side for dipping. I did exactly what the recipe stated. Also, I don't really think it had a "kick" it was sweet and tangy. This is my BBQ sauce for now on. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2006
wow this is an extradonary sauce. its great the way it is but if you add my modifications, you will have the greatest bbq suace you have ever had. instead of 1 tbl worcestershire sauce use 1/2 cup. add 2 cloves of garlic (minced). delete pepper sauce and use 1 teaspoon of ground cayanne pepper.if this isnt the greatest sauce you have ever had let me know. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2006
WOW - this is one killer recipe! I think it's unfair for cooks to make half a dozen changes and then rate so I prepared exactly as written and yum yum yum! Some of the best spareribs I've ever prepared. Note - I did you use Chipolte Tabasco for the hot sauce because it was all I had on hand. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2006
I needed a quick bbq sauce fix to marinate, then cook 1.5 lbs of boneless pork ribs in the oven for tomorrow. I chose this one because I had all the ingredients and it sounded good. I scaled it to yield 8 - just the right amount for this meal. I wish I had made more. I followed each measurement exactly and love the result, especially for this. A perfect taste/texture for an overnight marinade and cooking. Thanks. It's a keeper for sure. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2005
This is the BEST BBQ sauce ever! Found this recipe one day when out of bottled sauce, and it was fantastic! I will never buy bottled BBQ sauce again, my family won't let me! I find using a hand mixer is better than the blender, not quite as messy. We now double the recipe when making as it goes so fast in our home. Great on beef, chicken, pork, you name it. We also warm it with a little beer to give it a different flavor. My picky 10 year old loves it too! Try it, you won't regret it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2011
Great sauce! I have made this several times now and I feel I have it perfected at least in my mind. I used only 1 cup brown sugar, 1 1/2 cups ketchup, 1/4 cup balsamic and 1/4 cup red wine vinegars, 1/2 cup beer, 2 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons sweet Hungarian paprika, 1 teaspoon each of Emerils Bayou Blast, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper and kosher salt. After blending well I simmer it for almost an hour. This is so good on so many different things! If too spicy it can easily be adjusted but the best thing about it is, it is so much cheaper to make this sauce than it is to buy any of them from the store. Try it! You won't be dissapointed. FYI Instead of pizza sauce use this on a pineapple and ham pizza. It'll make your eyes roll back in your head! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2005
So at first I didn't really love it, but it was ok. I let it sit over night and the next day I tasted it and it seemed a little better. Well it definitely has grown on me, I love it. My hubby loves it too, and he is very picky about this sort of thing. I will say that it has a little more of a kick to it then I prefer so next time I will use a little less of the dry mustard. No more ketchup for me anymore, I put this stuff on EVERYTHING!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/31/2011
Wow!! Way too much red wine vinegar....makes me want to go the other way and finde a recipe without any vinegar at all. If you love vinegar, this ones for you. I didn't care for it at all, Read More
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