Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

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"Great thick sauce on ribs and chicken!"

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Original recipe makes 3 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    50 mins


  1. Melt the butter in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook until tender. Mix in ketchup, cider vinegar, water, apple juice, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, molasses, honey, mustard powder, chili powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 02, 2007

This is an excellent recipe! I used it on pork, turkey,chicken and it was great! My wife did not like the tang so I made a batch and left out the pepper. Tastes better than any jar bbq sauce I have purchased. I enter bbq contests and this will definately be the sauce I use!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 14, 2010

I don't know about this one. Tried it, followed the directions exactly as they are. I found the taste odd and the sauce was very acidic. When I first read the recipe, I was wondering about the acidity level when you see things like 2 cups of ketchup (which has a lot of vinegar in it), 1/2 cup vinegar, and then 1/4 cup apple juice - all these are acidic! Might be better if the ketchup was changed for tomato paste and crushed tomatoes.

Aug 30, 2007

This is definitely the best Allrecipes BBQ sauce I've tried - and there are some excellent ones on this site! As a previous reviewer suggested, I double the apple juice and omit the water. I also use fresh garlic. Pour this sauce over chicken legs and cook on "low" in the slow cooker for 8 hours for the best BBQ chicken ever!

Aug 07, 2007

Used this in place of bottled sauce in Freak'n Good Ribs. Everyone just devoured them. Not too hot, not too sweet.

Jun 16, 2008

We recently celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary with a BBQ dinner and this is the sauce we used for our pork ribs. It was delicious!!!..We like spice so it was just right, though my husband wanted more spice to it. I dont think I will buy bottled sauce ever again this was too easy. Tip: Sauce is better the 2nd day.

May 08, 2012

Very good sauce. I didn't have cayenne on hand because my family doesn't care for very spicy things, but it tasted just fine without it.

Nov 03, 2009

Delicious! Just a few substitutions: fruit punch for the apple cider, 1 cup of creamy tomato soup for 1 cup of the ketchup, and soy sauce for worcestshire. I also added just a few drops of liquid smoke. Perfection!

Sep 16, 2006

Great to keep in the fridge for summer grilling. This is especially good on ribs that are wrapped in foil and baked slowly with chili pepper(2-2 1/2 hrs at 300).


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  • Calories
  • 50 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.2 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 3 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.5 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 260 mg
  • 10%

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

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