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Smoky Barbecue Sauce

My mother has been relying on this recipe for years. We especially enjoy it on a beef brisket. —Carla Holland, Oktaha, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2-1/2 cups


  • 2-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons Liquid Smoke
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 44 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 375mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Jannicem
    Aug 21, 2014

    Very good. Easy to make. I make extra and keep it in the refrigerator for when I need it.

  • germanycook
    Nov 30, 2013

    YUM! Why don't we always make BBQ sauce instead of buying it?I pan-fried the onions first in a bit of oil until they were tender, before adding to the sauce. Only used half the amount of Tabasco sauce, and next time wouldn't use any - just a bit too hot for my liking. Went well over grilled pork tenderloin and was easy to make.

  • luckischmitz
    Aug 30, 2013

    I totally agree with thishungering. I used the full amount of liquid smoke and 1 heaping tsp onion powder instead of chopped onion. We like spicy food so I would either add more hot pepper sauce next time or add a tsp of cayenne. I also used it on pork ribs I had cooked in a slow cooker all day and shredded. It was awesome! Definitely a keeper.

  • thishungering
    May 20, 2012

    Love this sauce! Tastes so much better than bottled BBQ sauce. Used it to make shredded BBQ chicken sandwiches, everyone loved them!