BBQ Sauce

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 1 gallon
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4 sticks (16 ounces) unsalted butter

1 yellow onion, diced 

1/4 cup chopped garlic

1/4 cup dark chili powder 

2 tablespoons smoked paprika 

1 tablespoon dry mustard 

1 tablespoon garlic powder 

1 tablespoon onion powder 

1 teaspoon cayenne 

3 cups brown sugar 

3 cups molasses 

3 quarts ketchup 

1 cup Dijon mustard 

1 cup Worcestershire sauce 

1 cup cider vinegar 

Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper 


  1. Melt the butter in a saucepot. Add the onions and garlic, and saute until the onions are translucent. Add the chili powder, smoked paprika, dry mustard, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes to toast the spices. Add the brown sugar and molasses; stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add the ketchup, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and cider vinegar, and bring to a simmer. Cook the sauce for 30 to 45 minutes and then puree with an immersion blender. Season with salt and pepper.
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