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Kitchen Dictionary: barbecue sauce

A spicy, sweet-tart sauce used to baste barbecued foods; also used as an accompaniment after the food is cooked. Traditionally made with tomatoes, onion, mustard, garlic, brown sugar and vinegar. Sugar is an important ingredient because it allows the sauce to caramelize during cooking, sealing in the juices. Barbecue sauce varies by region:
Kansas City: Thick, red-brown, tomato, molasses
North Carolina: Mustard, vinegar, black pepper
Alabama: White mayonnaise base
Arkansas: Thin vinegar-tomato base, spiced with pepper, sweetened slightly with molasses
Texas: Tomato base, hot chiles, cumin, less sweet


Season: available year-round

More Barbecue Sauce Recipes
Popular Barbecue Sauce Recipes
Beer-braised Ribs in Barbecue Sauce (pressure Cooker)
Barefoot Contessa's Barbecue Sauce
Linda's Hawaiian Barbecue Sauce for Barbecue Chicken and Ribs

Nutrition Facts

Calculated for 1 cup (8 fl oz)
Amount Per Serving %DV
Calories 375
Calories from Fat 6 (1%)
Total Fat 0.7g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2117mg 88%
Potassium 520mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 90.6g 30%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g 6%
Sugars 1.5g
Protein 0.0g 0%

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