Kittencal's Famous Barbecue Sauce for Chicken and Ribs

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is the best barbecue sauce, and trust me I have experimented with hundreds of different combinations over the years, this is even better than any of the popular bottled sauces! ---plan ahead this sauce must be made one day in advance to allow the flavors to blend and intensify, don't even think about using it the same day it is made, this sauce will take on a whole different flavor when simmered for 1 hour and left overnight in the fridge--- the ingredients can easily be doubled but keep the garlic amount no more than 2 tablespoons, and for the best flavor use only Heinz ketchup and a good quality brand of yellow mustard, I use French's mustard it really will make a difference in the taste, please do not omit the liquid smoke --- yield is only estimated as the sauce will reduce after simmering for 1 hour or more ---*NOTE* for a smoother low fat sauce omit the oil, onion and fresh garlic, then in the saucepan mix all remaining ingredients together and add in 1 teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder then simmer for 1 hour -----you will love this sauce!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil over medium heat; add in onion and saute for about 3 minutes, then add in garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Add in chili powder, paprika, cayenne, salt and black pepper; stir for 1 minute.
  3. Add in all remaining ingredients; bring to a boil stirring with a wooden spoon to combine.
  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered stirring occasionally for 1 hour over low heat (do not cover the pot or the texture and flavor will be affected, if you have a splatter screen then use it to cover the pot).
  5. Cool to room temperature then cover and refrigerate for 24 hours or more before using.


Most Helpful

I made the following subs for my friend who can't have corn products--corn syrup is in EVERYTHING just a bout. Use organic ketchup--I ran low so I subbed 6oz tomato paste and 1/4 c. vinegar. Use Koops mustard--no corn syrup For Worcestershire sauce use 1/3 c. soy + 1 Tbsp sugar + 1 Tbsp vinegar + 1 Tbsp and 1tsp Pickapepa sauce. The amounts are larger because I was doubling the recipe. This was a FANTASTIC bbq sauce. Everyone of our friends raved about it.

mommomb May 26, 2010

Hands down, the best BBQ sauce I've ever had, and I've had quite a few. I had to chuckle at some of the comments that it's as good as bottled. No far exceeds anything in a bottle. I followed the suggestion of omitting the oil and using a teaspoon each of onion and garlic powder. I also have a prepared mustard hater in my family, so I used a teaspoon of dry mustard instead. The next day when I went to use it, it was a bit thicker than I like, so I added a bit of water to make it more pourable. Definitely make a a double batch, because it will disappear before your eyes!

LiMurr February 01, 2012

Wow!!! Top drawer...exceptional...better than any restaurant bbq sauce I have had!!! Sweet, smoky and all that you want from a first rate bbq sauce. I did make some changes though; I used 2 T olive oil, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup cider vinegar and 1 tsp liquid smoke! This was perfect for us! I am looking forward to using this on grilled cheese sandwiches, steaks, chicken, pulled pork....(and the list goes on and on!!!) Kudos Kitten for another "tried and true" recipe!!

Abby Girl August 14, 2010

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