There exist a wide array of regional barbecue sauces from the more vinegar-based North Carolina sauces to the mustard-focused sauces of South Carolina and ketchup-based sauces of Kansas City. This homemade BBQ sauce recipe is based on the St. Louis style BBQ sauce. It’s similar to Kansas City sauce in that it is ketchup based and sweetened with brown sugar and molasses but prominently features apple cider vinegar. This BBQ sauce is sweet and tangy and thick enough to spread over ribs or drizzle over pulled pork. Use this homemade sauce in any recipe that calls for BBQ sauce!
Add the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire, molasses, mustard, and spices to a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Whisk to combine then bring the mixture to a simmer then reduce heat to low. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened, about 15 minutes.
The BBQ sauce can be kept for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Once the sauce is made, allow it to cool completely to room temperature. Add it to an airtight container and store, refrigerated, for up to two weeks.
Use this recipe in place of grocery store BBQ sauce.
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