Sweet 'n' Spicy BBQ Sauce Recipe
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Sweet 'n' Spicy BBQ Sauce Recipe

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Dorothy Ross of Jackson, Ohio relates, "I owned a pizza shop for 10 years and developed this popular sauce to serve with a stromboli steak sandwich. Everyone loved it. It's also delicious on chicken and pork chops."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:64 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 64 servings


  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic pepper blend
  • 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 67 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until the flavors are blended. Remove from the heat; cool. Yield: about 2 quarts.
Originally published as Sweet 'n' Spicy BBQ Sauce in Taste of Home June/July 2002, p12

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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Amaw325 User ID: 6917771 109115
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

"I ran out of storebought BBQ sauce and googled this site and decided to try it. Mercy! This is the absolute best BBQ sauce I've ever made! It made a large enough batch that I even canned it so we can have it on hand all the time! I've sent this site to my daughter and sister so they can try it!Thank you for sharing!"

maryschinker User ID: 3751749 36023
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

"Well, I made recipe again and this bbq sauce is still excellent. Though not the thick sauce, it's consistancy is good because it sticks to your meats. It is not really spicy."

maryschinker User ID: 3751749 100279
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2012

"I loved this BBQ sauce & would definetly make it again but it is sweet to my taste so I would cut some of the corn syrup, maybe a tablespoonful."

james a User ID: 4224782 112828
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2009

"this is a great sauce but how long will it keep in fridge jim fairmont wv"

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