Kansas City BBQ Sauce

Kansas City BBQ Sauce


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About this recipe: This Kansas City BBQ sauce is sweet and smoky with a little bite. Kansas City is famous for its barbecue restaurants, with a specific style of sauce. You'll never buy a bottle of BBQ sauce again after making this easy but impressive recipe. Once you've procured all of the ingredients, it's easy to whip up anytime.

Alan Arthur

Makes: 1 to 1.5 litres BBQ sauce

  • 500g ketchup
  • 500g passata
  • 250g dark brown soft sugar
  • 300ml red wine vinegar
  • 160g black treacle
  • 4 teaspoons liquid smoke flavouring
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix together the ketchup, passata, dark brown soft sugar, wine vinegar, treacle, liquid smoke and butter. Season with garlic granules, onion powder, chilli powder, paprika, celery seed, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and pepper.
  2. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for up to 20 minutes. For thicker sauce, simmer longer, and for thinner, less time is needed. Sauce can also be thinned using a bit of water if necessary. Brush sauce onto any kind of meat during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Liquid smoke flavouring

Liquid smoke flavouring is available online or in some specialty shops. In a pinch, you could skip it in this recipe and still get delicious results.

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