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Tangy Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Tangy Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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. YIELD:12 servings


  • 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


  • 1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • 2. Discard bay leaf. Use as a basting sauce when grilling chicken, pork or beef. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.

Nutritional 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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Lady Fingers User ID: 2682286 271971
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1675049 261985
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6938034 244982
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"Excellent taste and very easy to make"

Adavie01 User ID: 5962039 222692
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

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

NancyStillman User ID: 6381604 7826
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

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

Mr.Williams User ID: 7323797 4768
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2013

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

Patzie User ID: 7100577 3916
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7100577 4765
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6777152 4735
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2011

"This was just ok. I'm trying to find a recipe as good as the bottled stuff, but this wasn't it. It wasn't bad, just not great."

esqbill User ID: 4097199 5522
Reviewed May. 11, 2010

"Good basic sauce, but it needs more zip and I like it thicker. I intend to play with it to improve it for my taste."

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