Regardless of what part of the country you hail from, all barbecue sauces rely on two American favorites: ketchup and mustard. Feel free to whip up some ketchup yourself, or use the store-bought stuff. This sauce is great to make and eat the same day, but if you’ve got the time it is even better the next day. That extra day in the refrigerator gives all of the ingredients time to hang out and get comfortable with each other, resulting in a smoother and more delicious sauce. Homemade Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce is the perfect accompaniment to anything barbecued. Make sure you keep it in an airtight container and it should last you at least two weeks.
Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce Recipe
- 2 cups ketchup or tomato sauce
- 1/3 cup apple juice
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 5 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp paprika
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp chipotle powder (optional)
- 4 finely chopped garlic cloves
- 1/2 medium onion (finely chopped)
- Sea salt to taste
- Cayenne to taste
Heat the butter in a pot over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the onion and saute until it begins to brown. Add the garlic and saute for another 2 minutes. Pour in the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Simmer slowly for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. Adjust the heat and salt levels with the cayenne and salt right before you plan to use this sauce, which is great on ribs, chicken and pork shoulder. Back down on the amount of cayenne if your family wants a milder sauce. Pour the rest of the sauce into a mason jar.