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 storebought 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 (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 325mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 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 User ID: 7112115 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 User ID: 6986372 194708
Reviewed May. 27, 2014

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

lpeter01 User ID: 7280087 192781
Reviewed May. 27, 2013

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

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