St. Louis-Style Barbecue Sauce

Covering Back ribs in marinade

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
91 Calories
0g Fat
23g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 91
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 600mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 1g
Calcium 29mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This St. Louis-style barbecue sauce recipe is similar to the more popular Kansas City barbecue sauce, but it is a bit less sweet, and a little tangier. This is a delicious barbecue sauce recipe to use on baby back ribs or grilled chicken.


  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup sugar (brown)
  • 1/2 cup onion (finely minced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mustard (brown)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp hot sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Whisk together all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer, stirring, on low heat for 20 minutes.

  3. Let cool to room temperature.

  4. Use as desired.

This recipe can be used as a basting sauce towards the end of cooking or brushed on after barbecuing, with additional sauce served on the side.

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