BBQ Sauce – Kansas City-Style

Right after I made the last batch of BBQ Spice Rub, I made a batch of BBQ Sauce! This is another one of those things that is so easy to put together I bet you will start making your version.

There are a bunch of different types of BBQ Sauce, Eastern North Carolina Vinegar Sauce, Piedmont or Lexington-Style Dip, South Carolina-Style Mustard Sauce, Texas-Style Mop or Basting Sauce, Kansas City-Style Sauce, and Alabama White Sauce. There are probably others, so please don’t angry type me if I missed one of your favorites.

My favorite and probably the most popular in grocery stores is the Kansas City-Style sauce. What’s not to love? It’s sweet and spicy, thick and delicious. It’s perfect for ribs, chicken, or pork butt. I hope you will make this recipe and see how easy it is to make your own sauce. It won’t have all the additives the store brands have. Best of all, you can tweak it to your liking.

BBQ Sauce - Kansas City-Style

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By Patrick Dulmage Serves: lots
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes Cooking Time: 10 - 15 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes

BBQ Sauce - Kansas City-Style


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, light or dark
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard (it can be any type mustard you like)
  • 1 tbsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tbsp BBQ Rub, any brand is fine. Check out my recipe.
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper



Combine the ingredients in a saucepan


Bring to a boil slowly over medium heat


Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes


The sauce should have darkened a bit and gotten thicker


Taste and adjust as needed


Store what you don't use in the refrigerator


This would be a great item to can in pint or quart jars. Put a pretty label on it for a nice homemade gift.

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