Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by velorutionista

A thick, sweet, and smoky sauce, perfect for the ultimate barbecued ribs! Also does great in the crock pot with the meat or beans of your choice. This recipe makes about 4 cups sauce, but it keeps well in the fridge or freezer, and makes a great homemade gift! Apparently this originally came from America's Test Kitchen, but the friend I got the recipe from didn't mention that! Thanks to Chef 219653 for the heads up!

Top Review by Maryland Jim

Made this for a church fellowship and everyone loved it. Two slight modifications, first, I only had 2 cups of vegetable stock on hand so I used 2 cups of beef broth. Second, I used pecan flavor liquid smoke. Thanks for a great BBQ sauce.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In medium dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat till shimmery (but not smoking). Add onion and garlic and cook till soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add stock, root beer, vinegar, corn syrup, molasses, tomato paste, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, and 1/4 teaspoons liquid smoke. Stir with a whisk till well combined.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer till mixture has thickened and reduced to about 4 cups, about an hour. Remove from heat and stir in remaining liquid smoke.
  4. Sauce will keep about a week in the refrigerator, or up to four months if frozen.

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