Texas-Style BBQ Sauce Recipe
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Texas-Style BBQ Sauce Recipe

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We love a BBQ sauce with all the right moves: ketchup, mustard, lemon juice, chili powder, Worcestershire and brown sugar. — Sandy Klocinski, Summerville, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons equals 56 calories, 1 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 296 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Yield: 1-3/4 cups.
Originally published as Texas-Style BBQ Sauce in Taste of Home June/July 2013

Blush Wine

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

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Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

"This sauce is really good. It wasn't spicy, so I added 1 teaspoon of Cheyenne pepper to give it a little zip. It was spicy enough for me, but my husband would have liked more spice. We used the sauce on grilled wings."

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"This recipe was great! It was sweeter than it was spicy so my 7 year old ate it & loved it!!! Definitely keep this recipe!"

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"I've never made my own bbq sauce, and the sweet-sour of this looked good. I used it in the BBQ Chicken Sliders recipe from the April/May 2013 issue (http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/BBQ-Chicken-Sliders?cpi=1&sort=2). Oh. My. Word. is this some delicious sauce. This will definitely become a regular thing in our house. Yum!"

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2013

"This BBQ sauce is thick and flavorful. Perfect for basting chicken, ribs, etc. My family even likes this sauce on hot dogs!"

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2013

"This BBQ sauce is thick and flavorful with just the right amount of zing - perfect for basting. My family enjoys it especially on grilled food."

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