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Barbecue sauce in a glass jar.

Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Here’s a Barbecue Sauce recipe that’s every bit as Sweet Baby Ray’s famous sauce. It’s all natural, made by you, and only takes a few minutes.
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 48
Calories 26kcal
Author Meggan Hill


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup 100% pineapple juice
  • 4 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons tamarind paste optional
  • 2 teaspoons liquid hickory smoke
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider or distilled white vinegar optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Whisk all ingredients together in a non-reactive saucepan. Turn heat to medium-high and allow the sauce to just come to a boil.
  • Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or longer.
  • Taste and add a vinegar if needed, and salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Transfer to a large jar. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


  1. This recipe calls for tamarind paste which is made from the tropical
    tamarind fruit. It can be found in well-stocked grocery stores in the
    ethnic foods section, Asian, or Indian markets. It has a tangy, rich
    flavor. It can be omitted or substituted with 2 tablespoons ketchup
    plus 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce, or 1 1/2 tablespoons brown
    sugar plus 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar or citrus juice.
2. Different brands of ketchup taste slightly different - some are
tangier, sweeter, more vinegary, spicier, or saltier. Adjust the
seasonings according to personal preference.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 26kcal