Papa John's Bar-B-Q Sauce Recipe -
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Papa John's Bar-B-Q Sauce

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"My dad loves to barbecue and this is his own creation. It's absolutely delicious and goes with a variety of meats. It makes a lot, but keeps well in the ice box and it's nice to have it on hand instead of store bought sauce."

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Original recipe makes 5 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  1. In a large saucepan brown bacon until crispy and discard excess grease. Add onions and cook for a few minutes until wilted.
  2. Combine soy sauce, garlic, tomato puree, corn syrup, molasses, brown sugar and liquid smoke. Add to bacon and onion in the saucepan. Season with chili powder, mustard, paprika, cayenne, ground cloves, bay leaf and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 09, 2005

Thank you Janis and Papa John! We enjoyed this a few weeks ago, and I must's better than the recipe my mother gave me years ago. It was a really nice change for us and we enjoyed the flavor a lot. This is worth making, without a doubt! Thanks again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 28, 2014

Didn't taste good to us and we are pretty non picky eaters. Sorry, hope the rest of you have better luck.


9 Ratings

Dec 02, 2006


May 03, 2009

I have used this recipe and it is wonderful

Jul 21, 2012

I made 96 servings canned 8 qts Jars. I added 1 cup of vinegar, Cider Allspice & ground clove 1tablesoon each.

Jan 06, 2013

Tried this out for a BBQ Chicken Pizza, absolutely delicious!

Dec 03, 2012

I thought this sauce was delicious! Thank You SO much!


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  • Calories
  • 157 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.6 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 5.2 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 762 mg
  • 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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