From the heartlands comes this Kansa City Barbecue Sauce recipe. In a city known for some of the best BBQ in the U.S., you won’t be disappointed with this BBQ sauce recipe that hits all the flavor notes.
If you want to start with the best ingredients for bbq sauce that will make your bbq ribs stand out, then this sauce recipe will deliver. You can make up a large batch and refrigerate it for up to 2 weeks or freeze it for up to 3 months. Make it once and use it again and again!
Kansas City Barbecue Sauce
- 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1-1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 3/4 tsp celery seeds
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- 3/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- 1 tbsp prepared yellow mustard
- 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp liquid smoke optional
- 2 tbsp cold butter, cubed
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, onion powder, kosher salt, celery seeds, garlic powder, chili powder, pepper, cumin, cayenne, ketchup, vinegar, mustard, lemon juice and liquid smoke. Cook, stirring, until boiling. Reduce heat to simmering and cook, stirring occasionally, 25 minutes or until mixture is thickened to your liking. Whisk in butter until incorporated into the sauce. Let cool slightly before using.The sauce can be used immediately or covered tightly and refrigerated up to 2 weeks or frozen up to 3 months.