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Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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. YIELD:11 servings


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


  • 1. In a bowl, whisk all ingredients. Use as a basting sauce for grilled meat. Yield: 1-1/3 cups.

Nutritional 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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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."

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

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

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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