Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

A delicious Kansas City barbecue sauce that you need to try. Use it on ribs, pork, chicken, or serve it on the side. This tomato-based sauce has a little sweet, a bit of heat, and a touch of tanginess—just the right combination to pull off a sensational barbecue. This recipe pairs beautifully with our Kansas City Rub! Make a double batch of this barbecue sauce, split it in half, use a portion for basting smoked pork ribs or chicken, and save the other half to serve as a table sauce. Win-win!

Ingredients:

  • Ketchup
  • Brown sugar
  • Cider vinegar
  • Paprika (not smoked)
  • Chili powder
  • Honey
  • Butter
  • Cayenne pepper (adjust the amount to suit your tastes)
  • Granulated garlic (sub with garlic powder if needed)
  • Salt

Note on Butter:

  1. Why butter? Butter is an excellent tool for making a silky sauce. Most barbecue sauces contain acidic ingredients like tomato and vinegar. Adding the butter at the end of cooking will tame these flavors and give it a nice creamy texture. When I say creamy, I don’t mean a literal cream sauce. If you are lactose intolerant, try a vegan, or lactose-free butter spread instead.

How to Make Kansas City Barbecue Sauce:

  • Simmer all Kansas City sauce ingredients (except butter) in a medium saucepan, and stir through. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce will be thick.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and stir in 1 tablespoon of butter until melted. 
  • Allow the sauce to sit for 15-20 minutes. Use immediately, or place into a jar or plastic airtight container for storing. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days after preparation.
  • If using this barbecue sauce for basting, let it cool for 10 minutes before applying it to the meat. 
  • When serving as a side sauce, let the mixture cool a little longer.

 

Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

Probably one of the best Kansas City-style barbecue sauces you'll ever try. Use it on ribs, pork, chicken, or serve it on the side. This tomato-based sauce has a little sweet, a bit of heat, and a touch of tanginess. Just the right combination to pull off a sensational barbecue.
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American BBQ
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 Cups
Calories: 464kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons paprika (not smoked)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use less if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients (except butter) to a medium saucepan, and stir through. Let sauce come to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce should be nice and thick.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and stir in 1 tablespoon of butter until melted through. Let the sauce sit for 20 minutes. Use immediately, or place into a jar or airtight container for storing. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days after preparation.
  • If using the same day. Let sauce cool for at least 10 minutes before applying on to the meat. If serving as a side sauce, let the sauce cool a little longer.

Notes

Things to think about with this recipe:

Why butter? Butter has a way of adding just the right touch of silkiness to sauces. Barbecue sauces contain acidic ingredients like tomato and vinegar. Adding the butter at the end tames these flavors a bit and gives it a nice creamy texture. When I say creamy, I don't mean like a cream sauce. You do not have to make this addition; it's a matter of personal choice.

Nutrition

Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 112g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1758mg | Potassium: 763mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 101g | Vitamin A: 2979IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 2mg
Kansas City Barbecue Sauce