Mama's Barbeque Sauce

Karen Carr


My mother always used this recipe for her ribs and chicken. It was always wonderful and always got rave reviews. I never remember a time she made bar-b-que ribs and chicken that she used bottled sauce. She always made her own sauce and we loved it!

★★★★☆ 20 votes
15 Min
10 Min
Stove Top

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
We love this sauce! It is on the sweet side, so we'lI add up to 1/2 cup of vinegar at times depending on the taste of our guests. Terrific on chicken!


1 tsp
dry mustard
1 tsp
1/4 c
olive oil, light or cooking oil of your choice
1 Tbsp
minced onions
1/4 tsp
black pepper
1/2 tsp
chili powder
1 tsp
6 Tbsp
brown sugar
3 Tbsp
lemon juice
2 Tbsp
wortershire sauce
1/4 - 1/2 c
1 small
can tomato paste
1 small
can tomato sauce (optional)
1/2 c
tomato ketchup
1/8-1/4 c
liquid smoke (optional)
1/4 c

How to Make Mama's Barbeque Sauce


  • 1Mix Mustard with water and allow to stand 10 minutes.
    While the mustard is sitting. cook onions in oil until soft and transparent.
  • 2Next mix spices and and mustard along with molasses and brown sugar into the sauted onions. Add lemon juice.
  • 3stir in worstershire sauce, vinegar and liquid smoke.
  • 4Lastly stir in tomato paste, sauce and ketchup.
  • 5Let simmer for 10 minutes.
    Use immediately or allow to cool and transfer to bottle or jar for storing in refridgerator.
  • 6Note: You may adjust the ingredients according to your taste. I have added and omitted ingredients at times according to how I wanted to use the sauce and it always turned out very well!

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About Mama's Barbeque Sauce

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American