Barbecue Sauce - Thick and Spicy

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

Oh man, are ya'll in for a treat! :) This Texas barbecue sauce is thick, semi-sweet and spicy. Not really hot spicy (just a little). If you are sensitive to spicy hot then omit the red pepper. This is pretty thick but can be thinned with additional broth or even beer. This is my signature sauce I made in my BBQ stand here in TX and it was a real hit, it took me around 6 months of trial and error to perfect it. I could have kept it a secret, but why. If you like really sweet and mild then this is not for you. This is a sauce you can use for mopping (basting) or as a dipping sauce or for sandwiches. Now.....Quit drooling and get to cookin! This sauce was made to compliment low and slow smoked meats, but hey, if you buy the stuff and you make it, it is your sauce, put it toast as far as I care! Ha ha. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for big parties!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place all ingredients in a pot in order of list, stir with a whisk to blend, bring to a simmer and simmer very slowly for about an hour to an hour and a half. Watch carefully and stir so not to scorch the bottom. A slow cooker is perfect. I suggest serving warm, it is a thick sauce.
  2. You can taste this at any time but before making adjustments I recommend simmering for an hour before making adjustments to allow all the flavors to blend, you will not get the true finished flavor after just 5 minutes.
  3. If it is not sweet enough add more sugar, for thinner sauce add more broth, beer or water. Don't want little chunks of onion then sub a teaspoon or so of onion powder.
  4. This recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, etc. for bigger batches, I quadrupled it for the BBQ stand.
  5. This stores nicely in the refridgerator.
Most Helpful

I made this recipe exactly as written with no deviations. First let me say that I should either be embarrassed or applauded because I had every single ingredient on hand except the molasses. I made this sauce 5 days in advance and stored it in the refrigerator to allow it to love itself. My friend adored this sauce, which is a bold statement, as she really dislikes BBQ sauces of any kind. I filled 4 requests for the recipe at my BBQ and my hublet requested that I keep a bottle in the fridge, as he is the self proclaimed "Condiment King". This sauce is a perfect blend of ingredients and I love the thickness of the sauce without it being overpowering. It now has a permanent home in my fridge door.

Brandess May 22, 2008

I joined just to leave a review. Yum!!! Made as written in crockpot except used water and bouillon powder instead of broth and left out salt because of that. Amazing and everyone loved it.

Becky G. May 31, 2016

This was a really great recipe! I did add a few peppers, because I had them on hand, and they added a nice flavor, without too much heat. A lot of layers of flavor in this sauce. Very easy, and I had everything on hand. Delicious! Thanks for a great recipe! Went great with a Mesquite Smoked Pork Butt!

ElvisPresley99 October 02, 2012