KFC Honey BBQ Sauce (Copycat)

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Recipe by The Spice Guru

My reverse-engineered recipe for KFC's sweet and savory Honey BBQ Sauce.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. NOTE: USE UNSEASONED CHILI POWDER. (STEP ONE): GRIND all of the dry seasonings EXCEPT ground black pepper (from ground sage through cayenne pepper) in a spice mill or coffee grinder.
  2. WHISK the ground spices with remaining ingredients well in a medium saucepan (don't forget to add the ground black pepper).
  3. HEAT sauce to a gentle boil, then REDUCE heat to a low heat setting (approximately the numeric "2" setting on rangetop control).
  4. SIMMER sauce about one hour, whisking occasionally, until reduced to almost half (just slightly over 2 cups, or 1 pint).
  5. COOL barbecue sauce completely.
  6. FUNNEL into plastic squeeze bottles or Ball canning jars.
  7. USE as you would any barbecue sauce.
  8. SUGGESTION: Serve with barbecued chicken or ribs, or pulled pork sandwiches.
  9. STORE refrigerated and capped.
  10. ENJOY!

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