Steven Raichlen's Nashville Sweet Barbecue Sauce

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by bmiene

This is one of the best BBQ sauces I have ever had--sweet and tangy and balanced just right.

Top Review by MomtoMugz

I originally found this recipe in "Steven Raichlen's~ BBQ USA, 425 fiery recipes from all across America" on page 669. Since then, it's the only BBQ sauce I make! It's a hit every time I make it for family & friends who either request the recipe or any leftovers from what I made! If you like it with a little kick, just add some crushed hot peppers/ cayenne pepper. It freezes well too, so make a double batch to have it on hand throughout the summer... Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, lemon juice, zest, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, mustard, onion powder, and pepper in a nonreactive saucepan. Whisk to mix.
  2. Let the sauce gradually come to a simmer over medium heat and simmer until thick and flavorful, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. If not serving the sauce immediately, let cool to room temperature, transfer to air tight jars, and refrigerate until serving.

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