Steven Raichlen's Nashville Sweet Barbecue Sauce

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

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

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.


Most Helpful

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!

MomtoMugz August 16, 2011

Very good sauce. DH made this to go with a pork loin this last weekend. This is soooo good. Thank you for posting.

mommyoffour September 02, 2009

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