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Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce

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
    1-1/3 cups


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


  • In a bowl, whisk all ingredients. Use as a basting sauce for grilled meat.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 74 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 274mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • fgrover12
    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
    Feb 20, 2013

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

  • FarmLadySC
    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.