Tangy Barbecue Sauce Recipe
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Tangy Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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My mother-in-law created this recipe, and we just can't get enough of her delectable sauce! I always keep a little out of the basting dish prior to using it on the grill so we have some to serve at the table. It tastes terrific on any grilled meat. —Mary Kaye Rackowitz, Marysville, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 tablespoon: 41 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 456mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (7g sugars, trace fiber), trace protein


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Discard bay leaf. Use as a basting sauce when grilling chicken, pork or beef. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Tangy Barbecue Sauce in Taste of Home June/July 1994, p27

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Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"Excellent taste and very easy to make"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"I will never buy barbecue sauce again. We love this recipe and it's so easy to make!"

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"This has been a favourite in our kitchen for years, keeps well so great to have on hand."

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2013

"Great recipe and taste great one you'll use over and over again."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"For extra zip in the sauce I added Franks Red Hot and used Apple Cider Vinegar instead of Cider Vinegar and if you like it a little smokey, try adding liquid smoke..."

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