Memphis Rib Sauce


Memphis Rib Sauce

This is a traditional Memphis-style barbecue sauce. It is served on the side as a side sauce and not applied to the ribs while they cook. Let your guests decide how much of this fantastic barbecue sauce they'd like.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American BBQ
Servings: 3 Cups


  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce


  • In a blender or food processor, add chopped onion, red wine vinegar, and garlic. Heat oil in a medium pot, add blended mixture and saute over medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. Add ketchup and mustard. Cook for additional 3 minutes, or until lightly bubbling, stirring often. Watch for burning. Reduce heat to low, add brown sugar and hot sauce. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes; stir occasionally.
  • Remove sauce from heat and let cool for 15-20 minutes before using. If preferred, you can use part of this sauce as a baste during smoking or serve on the side with ribs.
  • Store mixture in an air tight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week after preparation.