Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce Recipe
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Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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I've never cared that much for store bought barbecue sauce. I just like to make things myself from scratch including this spicy, deep red-brown sauce. You'll find it clings well when you slather it on grilled meat.—Helena Georgette Mann, Sacramento, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 68 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 325mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 0g protein .


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in the chili powder, cayenne and pepper; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in the ketchup, molasses, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and pepper sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes or until sauce reaches desired consistency. Cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Strain sauce through a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl, discarding vegetables and seasonings. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Use as a basting sauce for grilled meats. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2011, p161

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tammycookblogsbooks 116293
Reviewed May. 31, 2014

"If you like a little heat in your barbecue sauce, you'll enjoy this recipe. I used only 1 teaspoon of chili powder when I made it and skipped the straining step. This would be good on beef, chicken, or pork."

suday 194708
Reviewed May. 27, 2014

"This sounds great because there is no extra sugar added and I use Heinz Reduced Sugar Ketchup."

lpeter01 192781
Reviewed May. 27, 2013

"I make this sauce to put on my Guinness Baby back Ribs. It is Great!!!"

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