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Tangy Barbecue Sauce

My mother-in-law created this recipe, and we just can't get enough of her delectable sauce! I always keep a little out of the basting dish prior to using it on the grill so we have some to serve at the table. It tastes terrific on any grilled meat. —Mary Kaye Rackowitz, Marysville, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    1-1/2 cups


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Discard bay leaf. Use as a basting sauce when grilling chicken, pork or beef.
Nutrition Facts
1 tablespoon: 41 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 456mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Scott
    May 17, 2019

    I made this with my Panela instead of brown sugar. It is a far tastier form or raw, artisanal cane sugar than brown sugar. I used Colman's super spicy english mustard too. Fantastic!

  • Lady Fingers
    Aug 19, 2017

    This is a delicious bbq sauce, and also a great Sloppy Joe sauce. (For Sloppy Joes, brown ground beef or turkey, add a generous amount of sauce, and cook a few minutes more.)

  • jetluvs2cook
    Mar 2, 2017

    Very good sauce! I used it on shredded chicken breast for sandwiches!! Love the lemon in it! Gives it a refreshing taste!

  • doloresgiera
    Mar 6, 2016

    Excellent taste and very easy to make

  • Adavie01
    Mar 13, 2015

    I will never buy barbecue sauce again. We love this recipe and it's so easy to make!

  • NancyStillman
    Mar 6, 2014

    This has been a favourite in our kitchen for years, keeps well so great to have on hand.

  • Mr.Williams
    Jul 13, 2013

    Great recipe and taste great one you'll use over and over again.

  • Patzie
    Jan 23, 2013

    For extra zip in the sauce I added Franks Red Hot and used Apple Cider Vinegar instead of Cider Vinegar and if you like it a little smokey, try adding liquid smoke...

  • Patzie
    Jan 23, 2013

    I tried this recipe for the first time on back ribs and it is fantastic! Best BBQ sauce recipe I've ever tried

  • micheleclow
    Jun 24, 2011

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