Kansas City Barbecue Sauce Perfect for All Meats

In the central United States, Kansas City barbecue sauce is the popular choice. This thick tomato based sauce is sweet, tangy and complex with the flavors of many herbs and spices.

This bbq sauce goes along nicely with smoky pork ribs, beef brisket and chicken, especially if you have a sweet tooth.

Kansas City Barbecue Sauce Recipe

The barbecue sauce recipe on this page is one I've been using for quite a while now. It's easy to make, using ingredients found in most any kitchen.

In a saucepan, combine...

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1/3 cup vinegar, cider or white
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried dillweed

Stir the ingredients together over medium-high heat until the mixture begins to boil. Lower the heat and continue to simmer uncovered, stirring often, until the barbecue sauce thickens. Twenty minutes to a half-hour is all it should take.

This Kansas City barbecue sauce can be used hot off the stove on your favorite barbecued ribs or smoked brisket. If you like a spicier sauce, increase the amount of black pepper to one full teaspoon.

If you like, you can use this sauce on the meat as it's cooking. The sugar and molasses in the sauce will burn quickly, so it's best to brush it on only during the last fifteen to twenty minutes.