Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
This Kansas City-style sauce is sweet and smoky with a little bite.
- 2 cups ketchup
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1 1⁄4 cups brown sugar
- 1 1⁄4 cups red wine vinegar
- 1⁄2 cup unsulphured molasses
- 4 teaspoons hickory-flavored liquid smoke
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix together the ketchup, tomato sauce, brown sugar, wine vinegar, molasses, liquid smoke and butter.
- Season with garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, celery seed, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and pepper.
- Reduce heat to low, and simmer for up to 20 minutes.
- For thicker sauce, simmer longer, and for thinner, less time is needed.
- Sauce can also be thinned using a bit of water if necessary.
- Brush sauce onto any kind of meat during the last 10 minutes of cooking.
Used this to cook up 4 lbs of chicken wings in the slow cooker. Did leave out the butter as the wings render up plenty of fat. What a great sassy recipe! Substituted a pint of habanero salsa we canned last summer as I am short on tomato sauce & it added a nice smokiness & a little more heat. Finished the wings in 425 degree F oven just to crisp them a bit. Served with Roquefort dressing, celery sticks & extra Bar-B-Q sauce on the side. Awesome game gnoshes! Thanks for the keeper Bar-B-Q sauce recipe!
For my first batch, just to try it out, I made the mistake of cutting the recipe in half. I made another full batch within days. Everone who's tried this sauce has complimented on the flavor. Great on everything! I do a lot of slow Bar-B-Q and will be using this one a lot from now on! The cayenne pepper really delivers a good bite!