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September 5, 2011

Spicy Sweet Barbecue Sauce

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Hosting a barbecue for friends this weekend? Knock their socks off with this spicy and sweet Barbecue Sauce. Tomato juice, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, lemon juice, cayenne, black pepper, dried mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, all spice, ginger and basil come together to create this tangy barbecue sauce that is perfect when served with pork and beef barbecue! Let the sauce marinate overnight, then serve with barbecue the next day.

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When I began tossing around the idea of a huge barbecue feast in celebration of Winston’s completion of the bar exam, I talked to my mother. She told me that she went to a party with friends years ago and tasted the best barbecue sauce she had ever tried. (And that’s saying something – the woman lives in Memphis, one of the barbecue hotspots in this country!)

Lucky for me, she had the recipe, and she sent it my way.

It makes a huge pot full of barbecue sauce. So if you’re not making a ginormous barbecue feast, you could half this or even quarter this and have more than enough sauce.

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I misread the original ingredient of “red pepper” as cayenne pepper (and not red pepper flakes, which is apparently the original iteration), and I was stunned by the heat of this sauce.

After adding a bit more brown sugar, we were in business, and everything tasted good… spicy and sweet, just the way barbecue sauce should be.

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Need something to put this barbecue sauce on?

It’s fabulous on RibsPulled Pork or even these Pulled Pork Coleslaw Eggrolls!

Check out how to make it below, and enjoy!

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Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Hosting a barbecue for friends this weekend? Knock their socks off with this spicy and sweet Barbecue Sauce. Tomato juice, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, lemon juice, cayenne, black pepper, dried mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, all spice, ginger and basil come together to create this tangy barbecue sauce that is perfect when served with pork and beef barbecue! Let the sauce marinate overnight, then serve with barbecue the next day.
Course Condiment, Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 32 servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

  • 46 oz. 100% tomato juice
  • 1 1/4 cups low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 2 lemons , juiced
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients in a large Dutch oven.
  2. Simmer for four hours.
  3. Marinate overnight.
  4. Serve at room-temperature with your favorite slow-cooked meats and sides.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes a TON of barbecue sauce. You should be able to half it if you don't need a lot. However, if you do make the whole batch and don't use it all, freeze what is left over in an ice cube tray for later use!

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The photos and recipe for this Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce were originally published on September 5, 2011. The photographs, along with the text of this blog post, were updated on July 18, 2017.

8 Comments

  1. Michelle

    Yum. We’re big fans of barbecue sauce here! I once made my own and started with a can of Dr. Pepper. It was actually a really delicious sauce. I think I may try that again!

  2. Mary

    So first order of business when you move to Dallas will be to have a cookout! Drew will grill and you can bring the sauce 🙂

  3. Gwen

    I’ve always been intimidated by BBQ sauce, but this sounds pretty easy. Thanks!

  4. Enzo

    Your article mentions a confusion between “red pepper” as cayenne pepper (and not red pepper flakes). The ingredient list mentions only cayenne pepper. Did you use both or just the cayenne pepper? Thanks much. The sauce sounds awesome and want to try it soon.

    • Erin

      Enzo, I only used cayenne pepper in this recipe due to the confusion… and it has QUITE a kick. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it! Thanks!

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