A spicy-sweet sauce that has won rave reviews from all who have tried it.

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Ingredients

40
Original recipe yields 40 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the orange juice, cider vinegar, lemon juice, lemon slices, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, molasses, and brown sugar. Season with dry mustard, salt, red pepper flakes, cumin and paprika. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove lemon slices before using.

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Nutrition Facts

56.9 calories; 0.4 g protein; 12.5 g carbohydrates; 1.5 mg cholesterol; 215 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (56)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2006
I have made this sauce twice now and everyone loves it! It is perfect for ribs. If you add a tablespoon of honey it will be that much better. Also throw a few drops of hot sauce in. This is truly a great recipe and I highly recommend it. I have even given a few bottles out as gifts! You will not be disappointed. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/02/2008
Good but not worth the effort. Read More
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68 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 51
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2006
I have made this sauce twice now and everyone loves it! It is perfect for ribs. If you add a tablespoon of honey it will be that much better. Also throw a few drops of hot sauce in. This is truly a great recipe and I highly recommend it. I have even given a few bottles out as gifts! You will not be disappointed. Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2006
This is the real deal. Once you've made up a batch of this sauce you'll never go back to that artificially flavored, high fructose corn syrup sold in supermarkets labled as Bar-B-Que Sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2006
The name of the BBQ sauce and the various sweeteners used attracted me to this recipe. It is a wonderful sauce. The longish list of ingredients needed put any cook off. The time spent is worth it. They blend wonderfully. I poured this sauce over drumsticks which I baked. The whole family loved them. Usually my guys prefer white meat over dark but I haven't seen drumskins get eaten so fast as when I used this recipe. Thanks Grampa Dave! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/08/2008
This is an excellent base recipe, however it is VERY sweet. I have made it omitting the maple syrup and brown sugar and only using about 1/2 of the molasses that are called for (it's still plenty sweet from the ketchup and OJ). I really like the use of citrus for the acid it gives the sauce and the onion and garlic round out the flavors. I also have found that a tsp of chili powder is a nice addition. thanks, Grampa Dave! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2007
Outstanding! I've already made two batches of this BBQ sauce and my family agrees it's just great. I followed the recipe exactly on the 1st batch and found it had a wonderful lemon tang to it once cooked. At first I worried it might be too citrus for our likes... but I was wrong. The citrus tang settled down perfectly once it was added to the meats. Try this on chicken thighs cooked on your outdoor grill. Great!!! Today we added it to pulled pork sandwiches (using Sarge's EZ pulled pork recipe on this site) and once again - everyone kept commenting on it. My 2nd batch I tinkered by adding a teaspoon of liquid smoke. Though it gave it a little more depth and changed the complexity slightly our family seemed to prefer it without (we tried them side by side). Just wanted to tell you we thought it was a definite HOME RUN!!! Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2004
You'd be doing your taste buds a dis-service by not trying this sauce. I promise you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2007
Wow! Thanks for sharing. I think I will add a tablespoon of chili paste or some chipotle peppers to give it some heat and blend it in a blender to mop on the ribs.....but what a difference in taste compared to bottled sauce! It's like an explosion of flavor in the mouth. Such depth and complexity. My only warning is to be careful about grilling. The sugars quickly catch on fire on the grill....add at the last moment or even after the ribs come off the grill. Oh...and don't try to half the sauce (I did by mistake). The thickness will be off. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2007
this is so delicious.I didn't change anything from the recipe followed the exact instructions. This bbq sauce was a hit. I think the bbq sauce was more popular then the meats. I had make another pot of it for the rest of the bbq meat. It seems hard to make with all these different spices and liquids but its well worth it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2008
Yummy. Husband is a fan of the spicy sauce and thought this was a tad on the sweet side. I added some extra spice to his and left the kids alone. Everyone was pleased with this sauce. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/02/2008
Good but not worth the effort. Read More
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