Sweet and Sticky BBQ Sauce (Kansas City Style)

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: about 2 1/2 cups
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1 1/2 cups ketchup

1/2 cup molasses 

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar 

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 

2 tablespoons brown sugar 

1 tablespoon paprika 

2 teaspoons onion powder 

1 teaspoon garlic powder 

1 teaspoon mustard powder 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke 


  1. Whisk together the ketchup, molasses, vinegar, Worcestershire, sugar, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, mustard powder, salt, pepper and liquid smoke in a medium pot. Bring to a simmer over low heat and cook to allow the flavors to concentrate, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool to room temperature before using.