Best BBQ Sauce You'll Ever Taste (Southwest)

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by Pokey in San Antonio

Here in Texas, we don't cook with BBQ sauce, but we love it on the side to spoon over our brisket, fajitas, chicken, etc and it has to have a little kick. I've been told over and over again that this is the best BBQ sauce they've ever had and I ought to bottle it. I love to cook, but I don't want to do it for a living--so enjoy it for free.

Top Review by ulana101

FANTASTIC RECIPE!!!! Please do not skip on molasses just because there is also a sugar in the recipe. Those two ingredients have different sweetnes flavor and they need to be together. If you do not have red bell pepper like I did not have it you may add fire roasted pepper from the jar. Worked like a charm. I also did not have the chillie sauce so I added no salt tomatoe sauce and chipoltle chille in adobo sauce. I added a bit more garlicd cut it on cider vinegar and the result was incredible. Must try recipe. It does make a lot but in our household we cook a lot so the storage is not a problem. Thanks for such a great recipe!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sauté onions, bell peppers, and garlic in butter, just until onions are translucent.
  2. Add chili powder, and dry mustard. Stir to incorporate.
  3. Lower heat and add remaining ingredients. Simmer on low for at least one hour.
  4. Let cool then blend smooth in food processor or use a hand held mixer (a boat motor as Emeril would say).
  5. Put up in mason jars. If you actually "can" the sauce it will keep for a month or so. (There are no preservitives so be careful). If not, use what you need, it will keep in the fridg for a couple of weeks, and you can always give the rest away--your family and friends will love you for it.
  6. Note: Be careful with the habenero peppers. Use gloves or put a plastic baggie over the hand you use to hold the pepper while you slice it up. Use one for medium-hot BBQ sauce, use two for down right hot. If even one is too hot for your taste, substitute a couple of jalapeno peppers.

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