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.
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?
- Burnt Ends: these smoked brisket burnt ends went for a swim in this Kansas City-style BBQ sauce and were SO DELICIOUS!
- Chicken wings: try it out on these air fryer buffalo chicken wings – from frozen.
- Pork: check out this recipe for pulled smoked pork butt (shoulder).
- Chicken breast: try these delicious and easy grilled chicken breast.
- Ribs: use it as the sauce for these easy barbecue pork ribs.
- Steak: try it with this grilled flank steak.
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.
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- 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
- Combine all ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat using a whisk.
- Bring to a boil and then allow it to simmer over medium heat for about 20 minutes.
- 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.
- Stir constantly to avoid burning while the sauce is simmering.
Nutrition InformationYield 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.