Memphis Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 3 Cups (48 servings)
Ratings (7)

Memphis barbecue sauce is considered by many barbecue enthusiasts to be the best all-purpose barbecue sauce recipe. It has a great balance between hot, sweet and tangy. It's traditionally served with pork ​but works just fine with beef and chicken.

What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup onion (minced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke

How to Make It

  1. In a saucepan, sauté the onion, garlic, and salt, in the vegetable oil for 5 minutes on medium-low heat.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, and bring to a simmer.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes, or until the sauce reaches desired thickness.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 33
Total Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 124 mg
Carbohydrates 8 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.)