Texas Barbecue Sauce


Texas Barbecue Sauce

Texas Barbecue Sauce
3 cups
50 Min

Real Texans always make their own barbecue sauce, and now you can make your very own Texas Barbecue Sauce easily! No cowboy hat or Texas accent required 'cause, with this one, all the accent is on the taste.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

What to Do

  1. In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, 30 to 40 minutes, or until sauce is thick and glossy.


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I am unsure as to why this barbeque sauce calls for so much water in it. Maybe it is a Texas thing to have a very thin sauce, I am not sure. I have found that ketchup works quite well in homemade sauces, as it adds a bit of acidity and sweetness when it cooks down on the grilling meat. If you are cooking indoors in the winter and want to replicate the smoky taste that you would get on a charcoal grill, I would add a couple of drops of hickory liquid smoke to the mix.

This is making me so anxious for summer!

I'm a Texan and have lived here 70 years. I make my own sauce. Some hints if one is cooking on the grill and want a good sauce to go with the meat: 1. I make a 'basting sauce' - olive oil, seasonings (Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, salt, cumin, pepper, garlic and crushed red pepper. A medium sliced onion. NO TOMATO SAUCE OR KETCHUP. (It's the tomato sauce that burns and blackens the meat). I use this to baste whatever I am cooking while it's on the grill. About 15-20 minutes from removing the meat, I add a can of tomato sauce, blend well and add more seasonings to taste....even brown sugar if I think it is necessary for the type of meat. As for the recipe above, I would modify it using tomato sauce instead of ketchup.

I am an insulin dependent diabetic. I love BBQ sauce with a good steak, etc. I have been looking for a low-sugar or sugar free BBQ sauce recipe for a long time, and I have not found one. So, I decided to modify this with Splenda brown sugar and low sugar ketchup, and it turned out amazingly beautiful! I will be keeping this recipe and using it quite alot! I certainly cannot tell that there is even ketchup(low sugar) in it, that's for sure!

The splenda/brown sugar is really only a half and half mix if you read the bag... so I've been mixing my own for a fraction of the price. I wonder how it would work if I cut out the brown sugar totally and added molasses to the splenda... after all that is how I make "brown sugar" when I ran out before trying the splenda/brown sugar "blend".

My uncle made delicious BBQ sauce and not sure what he put in it except the only time he would go buy a can of beer was to pour in the sauce. Loved it.

Why does every barbecue recipe contain ketchup?? I want a good "from scratch" recipe that isn't loaded with high fructose corn syrup...

Don't forget . . . there are ketchup's available that are made without any HFCS. Heinz makes a great one that I use called Heinz Reduced Sugar Ketchup. I've had great success with it on its own as a dip for french fries or as an ingredient in my BBQ sauces. I'm a diabetic and wouldn't think of using any other ketchup!

There is a very good barbecue sauce on the market. United Food store handles it. It's called RED MUDD & it's made in Mclean, Texas...Try it, You mite like it...Very, very good...

I'll have to look for that! I live near there and have never heard of it. Thanks f/ the tip!

fast and easy thank you

Using ketchup does not make your sauce taste like ketchep. Its delicious. You simmer it and it really is good. I use it when I make sweet and sour sauce. Thats what a chinese place told me they used to make their sweet and sour sauce. I was shocked cause it did not taste like ketchup. So try it all you people who say no ketchup!!!!!You will be surprised!

I would add molasses, garlic, salt and red pepper to your recipe

No ketchup or brown sugar in my homemade BBQ sauce.Heavens to Betsy ---- where is the garlic, worchestershire sauce , a little smoke seasoning ?? No ketchup on my meat loaf either. Have aliens taken over your kitchen ????

Kethcup makes a delicious Barbecue sauce can add whatever you like garlic chopped onions lemon juice vinegar red pepper flakes molasses honey etc... use tomato sauce or tomato paste if you prefer I love a red barbecue sauce and so does everyone in my family This is a good "basic" recipe as ANYONE who knows anything about cooking knows ...recipes are meant as a guide Thank you MR Food for another good "basic" recipe

Molasses is the real base!!

Would you eliminate the ketchup and use molasses instead? I'm looking for a good homemade BBQ sauce, and would appreciate the help. Thanks.

Brown sugar has molasses in it, that is the ingredients of brown sugar

I agree. Ketchup? Not in my recipe you don't.

Thank you - I agree wholeheartedly!

I am from Texas and let me just say that I have never seen barbecue sauce made like this. I would never put some of this stuff into my barbecue sauce, and know no other true Texan that would. This recipe may have been created by what we would call a "transplant" from somewhere else that moved here. I am not saying that this sauce wouldn't be good, only that it shouldn't be touted as being a true Texas sauce.

Amen from another Texan! Ketchup in BBQ sauce? Get a rope!!


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