Southern Barbecue Sauce

Southern Barbecue Sauce
Southern Barbecue Sauce. Sabrina Baksh
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: about 3 cups (48 servings)
Ratings (38)

This is a classic tomato based barbecue sauce with loads of flavor. Turn up the heat by adding more cayenne pepper. This sauce is perfect on barbecued ribs, pulled pork or chicken.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 6 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons 
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (minced)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

How to Make It

1. Heat vegetable oil in a medium saucepan.  Add minced garlic and cook for 15-30 seconds until it becomes fragrant.  Add ketchup, cider vinegar, water, sugar, paprika, bay leaf, Tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, and juice of one large lemon. Do not add butter at this point. Simmer sauce over medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Watch for burning and lower temperature if needed.


Remove pan from heat and stir in butter.  Once melted through, let sauce cool for 10-15 minutes before using.  If making ahead of time, cool sauce for 30 minutes and store in an airtight​ container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days after preparation.  

3. To use: baste sauce onto ribs or chicken pieces during the last 15-18 minutes of cook time. Sauce can also be heated and served on top of pulled chicken or pork, or simply served on the side as a table sauce. 

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 23
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 1 mg
Sodium 75 mg
Carbohydrates 3 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)