Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

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!

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.


Most Helpful

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.

Maryland Jim February 10, 2013

Easy to make, and a nice sauce. Still a little thin for me. I might add a minced chipotle chile next time to kick it up a bit. Thanks damienducks! Made for PAC Spring 08.

KlynnPadilla May 03, 2008

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