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Kittencal's Barbecue Sauce

"There is my signature barbecue sauce and some might agree it’s even better that any bottled but must be chilled overnight to blend the flavors… don’t even think about using this sauce the same day it is make it will take on a whole new flavor if left overnight or longer If you prefer a smoother sauce and less fat omit the oil, chopped onion and garlic, then in the saucepan mix all remaining ingredients together, then add in 1 teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder and simmer for 1 hour, cool the refrigerate overnight, since the sauce will reduce after 1 hour simmering time the yield is only estimated If using the onion and garlic powder option any leftover sauce will keep for 6 weeks refrigerated tightly covered in a glass jar. This will yield about 2-1/2 cups."

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Prep Time: 10m

Cook Time: 1h


Servings: 12  

  • 5.0000

Great on chicken and ribs. We love it and have it often since trying it the first time in late summer..

  US | Metric  Print Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup oil (any oil will do)
  • 1 onion, medium (finely chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (seasoned salt)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar (or can use red wine vinegar)
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard, prepared (French’s is best to use)
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons liquid smoke seasoning (please do not omit)
  • Cayenne pepper (optional and to taste)

What You Will Need

No special items needed.
  How to Make

Step 1

In a medium bowl combine the chili powder with the next 9 ingredients; mix until well blended

Step 2

Heat oil over medium high heat in a saucepan; add in onions and saute until transparent (about 3-4 minutes).

Step 3

Add in garlic; cook stirring for 2 minutes.

Step 4

Add in the sauce mixture; bring to a boil over medium stirring.

Step 5

Reduce heat to low then season with cayenne pepper if desired and simmer uncovered for about 1 hour (if you have a splatter screen then use it to cover the pot) .

Step 6

Cool then refrigerate for 24 or more hours before using.

  Nutritional Facts
  • Serving Size: 1 (90.9 g)
  • Calories 169.3
  • Total Fat - 5.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 613.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 30.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1 g
  • Sugars - 26.5 g
  • Protein - 1.2 g
  • Calcium - 29.5 mg
  • Iron - 1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 3.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg
8 reviews

I wanted to try a new barbecue sauce so went straight here. I used it for a whole chicken I cut up and cooked on the grill. The sauce is packed with flavors we loved and I have set the recipe aside to use again very soon!


Review by DixieDoddle

Great on chicken and ribs. We love it and have it often since trying it the first time in late summer.


Review by NewbieCook

I enjoy trying new bbq sauces. We really liked the addition of the liquid smoke which made it taste extra good on our grilled chicken.


Review by MamasTaxi

Grilled chicken with this sauce is drop dead delicious! My kids ate like little oinksters and kept asking for more chicken. You can bet we will see lots of use for this sauce!


Review by Jay

I am pleased to have found a bbq sauce that all my family agrees on. Great on ribs Delicious!!!


Review by ImOutOfThyme

I've tried it on chicken and ribs and we now have the best barbecue sauce ever recipe! Thanks for sharing it Kittencal!


Review by BeatleBugBrenda

This is a superb barbecue sauce that I will use over and over. Keeping it on hand is a must because you can use it on so many things. Now a staple in my fridge!


Review by WiggiesStickeyRibs

This is so dang good that I am headed to the store to pick up some ribs to try it on. It was excellent on chicken! I know it will be just as good on pork. Don't forget this one!


Review by Luv2Kook