Faux Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce

Dutch Reyveld Recipe

By Dutch Reyveld Dutchr

I was recently asked by someone if I had a recipe for a clone of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce. He was unable to find it locally.

I haven't made/tried it, but it looks like it might be close. Not sure if it'll give the same dark color as the original.

Also included here is a Rub recipe this is supposed to be secret...Hmmmmm? Haven't made it either, but ingredients look right.

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1/3 c
tomato paste
1/4 c
apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp
chipole hot sauce (mexgrocer.com)
1 tsp
liquid smoke
1/4 c
1 tsp
dried mustard pwd
1/4 c
brown sugar
3 Tbsp
kosher salt
1 tsp
black pepper
1 Tbsp
garlic powder
1 tsp
1 tsp
chili powder
1 tsp
cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp
onion powder
1/2 tsp
1/4~1/2 tsp of gravy master or kitchen bouquet to darken the sauce


Mix all the sauce ingredients in a non-reactive sauce pan and simmer for 20~30min. Let cool and into your fridge for at least a day.
Mix all the ingredients together and store in an air tight container until needed.
**If you are going to use this on ribs, chicken, pork, etc. try seasoning the meat with the actual dry rub before cooking then slather on the sauce.
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    Gary Hancq SidEFied - May 28, 2011
    Dutch, Add a little "Gravy Master" or "Kitchen Bouquet" to your BBQ sauce to darken. It wont affect the taste that much 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon will darken your quantity of sauce. I use it for my sauces and also darken spaghetti sauce at times with it. These two items will also put a nice char on a grilled steal due to the sugar content in them. Happy Cooking, Gary
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    Lori Jarvenpaa ljarvenpaa - May 28, 2011
    Hey, I have an original recipe for Sweet Baby Rays hand written. While a few of your ingredients are in the recipe, you are missing several key ingredients. Too bad I am sworn to secrecy!!
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    Dutch Reyveld Dutchr - May 28, 2011
    That's a good idea, Gary...Thanx!

    Lori, I CAN get real Sweet Baby Rays...Just posted this for those that can't...As I SAID, I haven't made/tried it.

    If everyone was sworn to secrecy, HOW would we get ANY proprietary recipes, either commercial copies or family hand-downs???
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    Stephanie Dodd skeen - May 29, 2011
    I tried Sweet Baby Ray's yesterday on my ribs for the first time. Love it and it tastes a lot like our Gates BBQ sauce.
    I agree with you Dutch on the sworn to secrecy on recipes!
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    Nancy R Robeyone - May 30, 2011
    Lori, I guess that is why you have not posted any recipes. Great recipe Dutch.