Kentucky Smoked Barbecue Sauce

Makes 2 - 2 1/2 cups

The finished sauce can be brushed on grilled food or passed separately.


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 medium lemons, juiced to yield 1/4 cup juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 can tomato sauce (16 ounces)


Heat the butter in a a medium saucepan. Add the onions and garlic; sautè until the onions soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the next 7 ingredients; cook over medium heat to blend flavors, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, dissolve the brown sugar in the vinegar. Add the vinegar/sugar mixture and tomato sauce; bring to a simmer. Simmer uncovered until the sauce thickens slightly, about 15 minutes. Serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of America's Test Kitchen. All rights reserved.

RecID 8505

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