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Memphis Barbecue Sauce

Memphis Barbecue Sauce

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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: Memphis barbecue sauce, memphis bbq sauce
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 2 Cups


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


  • Add chopped onion, red wine vinegar, and garlic to a blender or food processor, and puree.
    Heat oil in a medium pot, add blended mixture and cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.
    Add ketchup and mustard. Cook for additional 3 minutes, or until lightly bubbling. Stir often. Reduce heat to low, add brown sugar, molasses and hot sauce. Simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes; stirring occasionally.
  • Remove sauce from heat and cool for 15 minutes before using. If preferred, you can use part of this sauce as a baste during smoking, or serve on the side with cook pork ribs.
  • Store sauce in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week after preparation.