Classic BBQ Rib Sauce

Classic BBQ Sauce
The Spruce
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: Makes 3 cups/700 mL (serves 24)
Ratings (65)

This sauce certainly produces a great rack of BBQ Ribs. Whether they are smoked low and slow or baked in the oven, this BBQ Rib sauce will add a touch of heat, a bit of smoke, and a lot of flavor. As always, adjust the amount of cayenne called for in the recipe to suit your tastes.

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup/60 mL minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL water
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL olive oil
  • 2 cups/475 ketchup
  • 1/3 cup/80 mL brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL cayenne (optional)
  • fresh ground pepper to taste

How to Make It

  1. Blend onion and water into a puree.
  2. Heat a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Add olive oil. When the oil is warm, pour in onion puree. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly and simmer on low for 12 to 15 minutes. 
  4. Once cooked, allow the sauce to cool to room temperature before using, about 30 minutes. 
  5. If making ahead, place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 52
    Total Fat 1 g
    Saturated Fat 0 g
    Unsaturated Fat 1 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg
    Sodium 193 mg
    Carbohydrates 11 g
    Dietary Fiber 0 g
    Protein 1 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)