Firehouse BBQ Sauce


"This recipe has been passed down by word of mouth in our fire station for years! It is fabulous and you can control how hot it is by how much red pepper you add. Please note that the longer it sits, the hotter it gets! Great on chicken, pork, and just about anything you can think of. Try it on a cracker with a slice of cheese!"


20 m servings 62 cals
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Original recipe yields 64 servings



  • Calories:
  • 62 kcal
  • 3%
  • Fat:
  • 1.6 g
  • 2%
  • Carbs:
  • 12.3g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 249 mg
  • 10%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Pour ketchup into a large saucepan. Pour vinegar into the ketchup bottle, shake to loosen any remaining ketchup, and pour into the saucepan. Save the bottle, and clean. Stir in the brown sugar, butter, and red pepper flakes. Cook over medium heat until almost boiling, but do not boil. For convenience, refrigerate leftover sauce in the clean ketchup bottle.
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  1. 11 Ratings


This is very good, and it makes a lot. Great for some, not so great for me seeing as I live alone! Easy to make. I found it tasted much better the next day.

This recipe is a good start. Very easy and okay in flavor - but a little sweet for us. I didn't have cider vinegar - so used white vinegar. Added a little more vinegar, a splash of worchesters...

A bit spicy. I recommend half the amount of chilli flakes as it really does keep getting hotter the longer it sits in your fridge. But overall an excellent recipe.

Added a little cayenne and extra vinegar for a hotter, zestier style.

It isn't bad. It tastes like very spicy ketchup. I had to thicken it up with cornstarch and add some liquid smoke to it. Just wasn't really a BBQ sauce to me.

Very easy and quick to prepare. I replaced Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning for the red pepper.

great base for a BBQ sauce. I do not use the viniger, but add liquid smoke, whorchester sauce, fresh crushed garlic and depending on my mood, Dark brown sugar, or honey, or molasas. We like it h...

mmmh! rely good!!! i luv it, but a add my own ingredients, i put two tbsp of Worcestershire sauce , haft cup of chili powder , 1/4 cap of cayenne pepper and fried into the butter a little bit o...

Love this recipe! Use it all of the time and sometimes even add cayenne pepper and paprika!