Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

52 Reviews 1 Pic
  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    40 m
  • Ready In

    50 m

“Great thick sauce on ribs and chicken!”

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Original recipe yields 3 cups



  1. Melt the butter in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook until tender. Mix in ketchup, cider vinegar, water, apple juice, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, molasses, honey, mustard powder, chili powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Cliff G

Cliff G

This is an excellent recipe! I used it on pork, turkey,chicken and it was great! My wife did not like the tang so I made a batch and left out the pepper. Tastes better than any jar bbq sauce I have purchased. I enter bbq contests and this will definately be the sauce I use!



This is definitely the best Allrecipes BBQ sauce I've tried - and there are some excellent ones on this site! As a previous reviewer suggested, I double the apple juice and omit the water. I also use fresh garlic. Pour this sauce over chicken legs and cook on "low" in the slow cooker for 8 hours for the best BBQ chicken ever!



Used this in place of bottled sauce in Freak'n Good Ribs. Everyone just devoured them. Not too hot, not too sweet.

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Amount Per Serving (24 total)

  • Calories
  • 50 cal
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Carbs
  • 10.2 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 0.5 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 3 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 260 mg
  • 10%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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