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Southern Bbq Sauce Recipe

southern bbq sauce recipe

As a BBQ enthusiast, I always experiment with different BBQ sauces to find the perfect one that will complement the smoky flavors of my meat. After trying countless recipes, I finally came up with my own version of Southern BBQ sauce that has a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors. In this article, I'm going to share my recipe with you along with some tips and FAQs to help you make the best Southern BBQ sauce at home.

Recipes Information

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes
  • Recipe category: Sauce
  • Recipe cuisine: Southern
  • Aggregate rating: 4.9/5


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients.
  2. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and let the sauce simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove the sauce from heat and let it cool down to room temperature.
  6. Transfer the sauce to a clean jar or container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Nutritions Table

NutrientAmount per serving
Total Fat0 g
Saturated Fat0 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium250 mg
Total Carbohydrate13 g
Dietary Fiber0 g
Total Sugars11 g
Protein0 g

Recipes FAQ

  • Q: How long can I store the BBQ sauce in the fridge?
  • A: You can store the sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • Q: Can I use this sauce for grilling?
  • A: Yes, you can use this sauce to baste your meat while grilling or use it as a dipping sauce.
  • Q: Can I adjust the sweetness of the sauce?
  • A: Yes, you can adjust the amount of sugar or molasses to your liking.
  • Q: Can I use this sauce for other types of meat?
  • A: Yes, this sauce goes well with chicken, pork, or beef.
  • Q: Can I substitute apple cider vinegar with other types of vinegar?
  • A: Yes, you can use white vinegar or rice vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar.

Recipes Tips

If you want to add a smoky flavor to the sauce, you can use liquid smoke instead of smoked paprika. Start with a small amount and adjust to your liking.

You can use this sauce as a marinade for your meat. Simply coat the meat with the sauce and let it marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours before grilling.

If you prefer a spicier sauce, you can add more cayenne pepper or hot sauce to the mixture.