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Kansas City Barbecue Sauce dripping over tender bbq ribs

Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Kansas City Style
Difficulty: Easy
Number of Ingredients: 13
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 (about 2 cups)
Calories: 46kcal
Author: Marilyn
This homemade version of the classic Kansas City bbq sauce is sweet, smoky, tangy and spicy all rolled into one amazing barbecue sauce.
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  • ¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1-½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon celery seeds
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke optional
  • 2 tablespoon cold butter, cubed


  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, onion powder, kosher salt, celery seeds, garlic powder, chili powder, pepper, cumin, cayenne, ketchup, vinegar, mustard, lemon juice and liquid smoke. Cook, stirring, until boiling. Reduce heat to simmering and cook, stirring occasionally, 25 minutes or until mixture is thickened to your liking.
    Whisk in butter until incorporated into the sauce. Let cool slightly before using.
    The sauce can be used immediately or covered tightly and refrigerated up to 2 weeks or frozen up to 3 months.


A 2 tablespoon bbq sauce per serving is used in my calculations.


Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 309mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg