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Chili and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

Chili and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

This Southwestern inspired chili and brown sugar barbecue sauce is great on beef, chicken, pork, and some meat substitutes. Use it as a basting sauce while grilling, or simply serve on the side. The lime juice, chili powder, and cumin blend beautifully with the tomato, while the sweetness of the brown sugar creates a mouthwatering taste experience. Give this sauce a try at your next cookout.
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: BBQ sauce, Tex-Mex BBQ Sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 Cups
Calories: 269kcal


  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Heinz chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Simmer over for 8-10 minutes over medium low heat, stirring often. Turn the heat to low if necessary.
  • Once ingredients have blended well and brown sugar has dissolved, remove pan from heat and cool for 5 minutes before using.
  • If making ahead of time, place sauce into a well sealed jar or air tight container and store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Reheat sauce before using.


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 1248mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 1757IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 4mg