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Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce Recipe

April Freeman
While Eastern Carolina Barbecue Sauce is mostly appropriate for mounds of pulled pork, a Kansas City-style sauce is a great multipurpose sauce. This sauce can be basted onto ribs or grilled chicken. Some may even want to serve it atop a hamburger or even dip a chicken nugget into it. This sauce is easy to make since all you have to do is measure the ingredients and simmer it for a few minutes. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 50 Servings


  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Wire whisk
  • Small saucepan
  • Jar with Tight Lid


  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Molasses
  • tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Prepared Yellow Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ½ tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¾ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste


  • Measure all of your ingredients into a small mixing bowl, stirring well with a whisk to incorporate all of them.
  • Transfer this mixture to a small saucepan and set it on the stove set to medium heat. 
  • When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat under the pot and let it simmer. Cook this mixture at a simmer for about ten minutes, stirring frequently to keep it from scorching on the bottom. 
  • Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. Transfer the sauce to a jar with a tightly fitting lid. This is a good general-purpose barbecue sauce and is good to slather on ribs, chicken, or brisket. Additionally, if you want to spoon it over pulled pork it is marvelous. 
    Barbecue sauce that is prepared in three ways.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. For longer-term storage, it can be frozen for up to 3 months but should be thawed overnight in the refrigerator before you plan to use it.
Keyword Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce, Recipe, Side Dish

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