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Texas-Style BBQ Sauce

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


1-3/4 cups

We love a barbecue sauce with all the right moves: ketchup, mustard, lemon juice, chili powder, Worcestershire and brown sugar. —Sandy Klocinski, Summerville, South Carolina
Texas-Style BBQ Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder


  1. In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to blend.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 56 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 296mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Nan Mock
    Jul 13, 2020

    Tangy and delicious! I slathered this sauce over chicken and then cooked it on the grill. My family loved it!

  • Deborah
    Jun 20, 2019

    I'm looking for recipes I am able to can for gifts. Is this recipe cannable?

  • Michele
    Jun 20, 2019

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  • meme
    Oct 30, 2018

    tasty yum goOd stuf help

  • Venkatesh1
    Mar 13, 2018

    Nice recipe

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Oct 13, 2017

    I cut the ketchup to 1/2 cup and added 1/2 cup of apple cider and increased the tomato paste to 3 tbl. What I got was a real nice 'mop sauce' for our grilled chicken. The recipe listed is a good standard BBQ sauce that is mild enough to serve to everyone without being spicy. Next weekend we will be smoking a Butt and I will use this mop again during the Texas Crutch portion and after shredding.

  • Jarvisfamily
    Apr 15, 2014

    This sauce is really good. It wasn't spicy, so I added 1 teaspoon of Cheyenne pepper to give it a little zip. It was spicy enough for me, but my husband would have liked more spice. We used the sauce on grilled wings.

  • maddawson
    Sep 2, 2013

    This recipe was great! It was sweeter than it was spicy so my 7 year old ate it & loved it!!! Definitely keep this recipe!

  • irsheyez76
    Aug 5, 2013

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  • bunqui95
    Jul 22, 2013

    I've never made my own bbq sauce, and the sweet-sour of this looked good. I used it in the BBQ Chicken Sliders recipe from the April/May 2013 issue ( Oh. My. Word. is this some delicious sauce. This will definitely become a regular thing in our house. Yum!