Kansas City Barbecue Sauce


Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

This is a traditional recipe for Kansas City style barbecue sauce. Use on ribs, pork, chicken, or serve on the side if you wish. It's a tomato based sauce with a little sweet, heat, and tanginess. Just the right combination to pull off a sensational barbecue.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American BBQ
Servings: 3 Cups


  • 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
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use less if desired)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil. Cook minced garlic over medium heat for 30 seconds. Increase heat and add remaining ingredients (except butter) and stir through. Let sauce slightly bubble and reduce heat to medium-low. Let sauce simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sauce should be nice and thick.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and stir in 1 tablespoon of butter until melted through. Let sauce sit for 10 minutes and place into a jar or air tight container for storing. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days after preparation.
  • If using the same day. Let sauce cool for 5-8 minutes before apply on to meat. If serving as a side sauce, let sauce cool a little longer.


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