Smoky Tex-Mex Barbecue Sauce

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Irmgard

This is one of the best barbecue sauces I have tasted in a long time. It can be used as a marinade, a basting sauce and a dipping sauce. I used it for pork ribs but it would be good with chicken, too.

Top Review by Queen Roachie

I was getting all the stuff out for Hey Jude's sloppy joes, and realized I was out of barbecue sauce... I had all the ingredients for this one, except had to sub dried onion for fresh. This was a touch too tangy for me, but that's probably because I got the baby super-slam in the back of the knees while I was pouring the vinegar into the saucepan! I compensated with a generous pinch more of brown sugar and it's really good. Chilling and thickening now on the counter for my recipe. Thanks for saving dinner!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat; fry the garlic and onion, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the ketchup, water, vinegar, sugar, chili powder, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, mustard, salt and liquid smoke; bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
  4. Let cool before using for marinating or basting. If using as a dipping sauce, measure off the required amount, reheat and thin with a little water.

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