Source: Rachel Ray, from the Mason City IA Globe Gazette with several modifications that have tested out excellently!


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
  • Coarsely ground black pepper, to taste
  • dried onion flakes
  • red pepper flakes for heat
  • apple juice for flavor and to thin a bit

In a small saucepan over medium-low, combine all ingredients. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until thickened. Set aside to cool.

Makes 1 1/2 cups

Del? September 6, 2010

previous attempts below!

In search of the perfect BBQ sauce (impossible!) - but here are some options to get close to a thin sauce similar to Buddy's BBQ in East TN:

  1. Basic Vinegar Sauce - apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt & pepper - simmered together with a little water
  2. Emeril's pulled pork sauce with apple cider vinegar, ketchup, and dark brown sugar
  3. Krusher's thin sauce with butter, brown sugar, ketchup, and worchestershire sauce
  4. Vinegar base mix idea - creative technique for building a vinegar base to taste before adding in spices or tomato. Start with 1 cup of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Continue adding sugar 1 TBLS at a time until you have a sweet / sour balance that you like.

Other BBQ sauces are tomato based (or even mustard based - Georgia style). Some sample recipies

  1. Barbeque Bob's - BBQ Recipe Secrets - Basic Tomato BBQ Sauce seems like an excellent place to start.
  2. BBQ Bourbon Sauce - reminds me of the commercially available Jack Daniel's sauces.
  3. Barbecue Sauces - endless variety, source appears to be a Master Cook database

Del? October 11, 2008, at 09:42 AM

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