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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Big Al's K.C. Bar-B-Q Sauce

I have been looking for a good BBQ sauce recipe for a while now. Mostly I wanted to find a sauce that didn't have high fructose corn syrup as the #1 ingredient. I hit the jackpot with this one. I found it on allrecipes.com. It has 367 five-star reviews and no reviews less than 5 stars. Lets just say I don't think I will be buying bbq sauce again. I fed it to Mark's family of non-meat eaters, and they loved it. It even got Hannah to eat chicken-that's big.

2 c. ketchup
2 c. tomato sauce
1 1/4 c. brown sugar
1 1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1/2 c. unsulphured molasses
4 tsp. hickory flavored liquid smoke
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. coarsely ground pepper

In a large saucepan, over medium heat, mix together all the wet ingredients and then add the seasonings. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes-longer for thicker sauce.

Brush onto any kind of meat during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

The ingredient list is long, but I had a lot of the stuff on hand. You can find liquid smoke near the bbq sauces at the grocery store. I was a little skeptical about the liquid smoke, but I decided to try the recipe "as is" the first time, before I tried tinkering with it. I am glad I did, because I really like the flavor: tangy, but not too tangy; not too sweet; just a hint of smoky flavor. I like my sauce thicker, so I let it simmer about 40 minutes. The recipe made about a quart and a half of sauce, so I have just kept it in a container in my fridge. I'm not sure how to label it so I'm putting it under main dish. Maybe we can add a sauces category later.


  1. Hey, I printed out this same recipe to try... just haven't gotten around to it yet. It's good to here from someone trust worthy that it is great. All of my boys (Adam included) are obsessed with BBQ sauce, so I'm going to give it a try soon.

  2. I'm excited to try this!

  3. This sounds really great. Have you tried this sauce with pulled pork? I am thinking about trying that sometime this week.

  4. It sounds really good. What is unsulphered molassas? Is it different than regualar?

  5. I guess they are different; the kind I usually buy-Grandma's- is unsulphured, so I didn't really look at the others.

  6. I finally got around to making this, and it was indeed wonderful.

  7. I finally made this! It is so good! I caught Brayden eating it with a spoon. Thanks, Danielle!

  8. Does anyone know if you can can this? How do you know if a recipe is suitable for canning??