Big Al's K C Bar-B-Q Sauce

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

This Kansas City-style sauce is sweet and smoky with a little bite.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix together the ketchup, tomato sauce, brown sugar, wine vinegar, molasses, liquid smoke and butter.
  2. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, celery seed, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and pepper.
  3. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for up to 20 minutes.
  4. For thicker sauce, simmer longer, and for thinner, less time is needed.
  5. Sauce can also be thinned using a bit of water if necessary.
  6. Brush sauce onto any kind of meat during the last 10 minutes of cooking.


Most Helpful

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!

Buster's friend February 07, 2010

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!

Cookout Mark March 13, 2009

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