The Best Dang Rib Sauce, Period


"This sauce began as a dare to top an ex-boyfriend's father's locally famous sauce. Something magical happens when it hits the grill! Don't forget to add to the ribs in the last 5 to 10 minutes of cooking, or else the high sugar content will scorch. Don't let the strong smell of vinegar scare you while cooking; the flavor of the sauce after cooking does not reflect the scent that fills the kitchen while cooking."


51 m servings 104 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 104 kcal
  • 5%
  • Fat:
  • 3.1 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs:
  • 17.4g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 0.9 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 179 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat, and cook and stir the poblano pepper and onion for 6 to 8 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
  2. Stir in the honey, molasses, brown sugar, tomato paste, vinegar, Marsala wine, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, smoke flavoring, salt and pepper, and whisk until smooth. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-low heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thick.
  3. Store refrigerated.
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  1. 7 Ratings


Hello all! I just wanted to share that in the spirit of continuous improvement, recently discovered that the flavor is MUCH better using Yukon Jack canadian whiskey instead of the marsala. Sor...

I used this as a guide as I had to make tons of substitutions with what I had on hand...I loved how it turned out though! I cut back on the sugar, used no honey, and as I didn't have molasses...

I agree that it is nice to have a bbq suce that does not require ketchup. This is a good stand alone sauce but has me wondering what I can do to satisfy whatever it is I think I'm missing.

While the original recipe was good (4 star), I redid the recipe with the whiskey Noellethediva stated was better, it was a definate NOT! Personally I use organic wines and foods and make most t...

This sauce is wonderful...the only modifications I made were to omit the whiskey, molasses, & liquid smoke. I also added an extra tbsp. or 2 of the honey. My son loves this sauce and would d...

Fantastic. Nice to not have a sauce recipe asking for Ketchup.

I was really looking forward to this sauce after seeing the ingredients. So many deep rich flavors, but it didn't come out as well as I was hoping. I needed something to smooth it out and make...