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Sweet ‘n’ Spicy BBQ Sauce

I owned a pizza shop for 10 years and developed this popular sweet and spicy sauce to serve with a stromboli steak sandwich. Everyone loved it. This spicy BBQ sauce recipe is also delicious on chicken and pork chops. —Dorothy Ross, Jackson, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 2 quarts


  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic pepper blend
  • 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt


  • In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until the flavors are blended. Remove from the heat; cool.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 67 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Amaw325
    Oct 15, 2012

    I ran out of storebought BBQ sauce and googled this site and decided to try it. Mercy! This is the absolute best BBQ sauce I've ever made! It made a large enough batch that I even canned it so we can have it on hand all the time! I've sent this site to my daughter and sister so they can try it!Thank you for sharing!

  • maryschinker
    Sep 30, 2012

    Well, I made recipe again and this bbq sauce is still excellent. Though not the thick sauce, it's consistancy is good because it sticks to your meats. It is not really spicy.

  • maryschinker
    Aug 16, 2012

    I loved this BBQ sauce & would definetly make it again but it is sweet to my taste so I would cut some of the corn syrup, maybe a tablespoonful.

  • james a
    Jul 2, 2009

    this is a great sauce but how long will it keep in fridge jim fairmont wv