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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


  • 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


  • 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.


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.


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