Mom's Best Barbeque Sauce

Debby Nelson


This sauce is really good on ribs or chicken. I don't like liquid smoke myself so I never add it to the sauce. It keeps really well in the fridge for a long time.

Similar to Kansas City BBQ sauce - spicy and a bit sweet.

You can adjust the heat to your taste by increasing or decreasing the amount of cayenne pepper.


★★★★★ 1 vote

10 Min
20 Min


  • 1/4 c
    cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    prepared mustard
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 1
    peeled and thinly sliced medium onion (i sometimes use 1 tbsp. dried, minced onion instead)
  • 1/4 c
  • 1/2 c
    tomato catsup
  • 2 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp
    liquid smoke flavoring (optional)

How to Make Mom's Best Barbeque Sauce


  1. Mix first 10 ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and heat to boiling.
  4. Can be cooled and kept in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks until ready to use.

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About Mom's Best Barbeque Sauce

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Hashtags: #sweet #spicy #BBQ

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