Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce Recipe
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Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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This sweet and tangy basting sauce came from my husband's family. With just four ingredients, it's simple to stir up. A speedy alternative to bottled sauce, it can be brushed on chicken, ribs, pork or even turkey. —Jenine Schmidt, Stoughton, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES:11 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES: 11 servings


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 74 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 274mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a bowl, whisk all ingredients. Use as a basting sauce for grilled meat. Yield: 1-1/3 cups.
Originally published as Tangy Barbecue Sauce in Quick Cooking November/December 1998, p19

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[email protected] User ID: 7467734 249686
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

"The sauce really didn't have the bite that I expected so I added a dash of Worcestershire Sauce and balsamic vinegar to counterbalance the brown sugar. ZING. I'm using it for grilled pork tenderloin tonight."

Troi User ID: 63638 18560
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"I ran out of BBQ sauce and used this instead ... yum :)."

FarmLadySC User ID: 6717957 31211
Reviewed May. 31, 2012

"I made this recipe to go with some leftover chicken for sandwiches. I didn' t have any nutmeg so I substituted a little balsamic vinegar (I know, lol, not even close) but I have to say - - - - it is YUMMY! Definitely a keeper."

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