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Kansas City-Style BBQ Sauce

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Kansas City-style BBQ sauce is a must-have on beef, chicken, or pork. This sauce is my go-to barbecue sauce to quickly throw together because it is so well balanced and versatile. It gets its tang from the apple cider vinegar, some sweetness from the brown sugar, and a healthy amount of heat from the chili powder.

Kansas City-style BBQ sauce in a mason jar sitting on gray and white napkin with some loose seasoning on the table in front

What is Kansas City-style BBQ sauce?

Generally, Kansas City-style BBQ sauce is a tomato-based sauce that gets its tang from an acidic component like apple cider vinegar and its sweetness from brown sugar. This style of BBQ sauce will almost always have a bit of heat that you will notice at the end, usually from chili powder, red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper.

What can you put Kansas City-style BBQ sauce on?

Brisket burnt ends in a white dish coated in a kansas-city style bbq sauce and sprinkled with brown sugar

Make your own BBQ sauce

Everything is better when it is homemade! You could pick from several BBQ sauces at the store but you likely already have the ingredients you need in your kitchen to put together a delicious BBQ sauce. Plus, you can really control the flavors and modify the ingredients to fit your taste buds appropriately.

How to make BBQ sauce

In less than half an hour you can quickly put together a BBQ sauce following these easy steps. Go on, give it a try!

  • Combine ingredients and bring to a boil. Allow it to simmer for about 20 minutes to allow all the flavors to combine and for the sauce to reduce down into a beautiful texture. Stir periodically to avoid burning.
  • Cool and store the BBQ sauce. Once the BBQ sauce has thickened and you are happy with the texture, allow it to cool completely. Transfer the BBQ sauce into an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Kansas City-style BBQ sauce in a mason jar sitting on gray and white napkin with some loose seasoning on the table in front

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Kansas City-style BBQ sauce in a mason jar sitting on gray and white napkin with some loose seasoning on the table in front

Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce

Yield: 16 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Kansas City-style BBQ sauce is a must-have on beef, chicken or pork. This BBQ sauce is my go-to barbecue sauce to quickly throw together because it is so well balanced and versatile. It gets its tang from the apple cider vinegar, some sweetness from the brown sugar, and a healthy amount of heat from the chili powder.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat using a whisk.
  2. Bring to a boil and then allow it to simmer over medium heat for about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool down before transferring to an airtight container. You can store this in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

Notes

  • Stir constantly to avoid burning while the sauce is simmering.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 46Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 345mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Jeff

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

Made this sauce for a weekend bbq. Sauces three slabs of ribs with it. The sauce is amazing thanks for posting the recipe

Joshua Boquist

Thursday 6th of August 2020

Hey Jeff, thank you for the great comment! Glad you enjoyed it!

Steve

Sunday 26th of July 2020

Can’t believe I’m the first one to comment! This sauce is really great. You can use it hot as well as cooled down (while it’s increasing viscosity a bit after it cooled down/ Anton Paar confirmed!). Had a great evening with pulled pork and mojitos!

Joshua Boquist

Sunday 26th of July 2020

Hey, thank you for the comment! I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it. I could go for a pitcher of mojito right about now! Cheers!

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