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Steve's Bodacious Barbecue Rib Sauce Recipe

Steve's Bodacious Barbecue Rib Sauce

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"This recipe makes a great semi-sweet sauce for smoked barbecue ribs. Serve this warm on the side along with your ribs or baste directly on the ribs during the last 30 minutes of cooking."

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Original recipe makes 4 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic and saute for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes. Then add the ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, honey, cayenne pepper, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Simmer for 60 more minutes, then transfer mixture to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
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Oct 29, 2005

I was looking for a BBQ Sauce recipe to try with ribs that I could make from ingredients I had on hand. This one looked the best of those I found, but I didn't have 6 tomatoes. I used 3 and added a small can of tomato sauce. I also added half a tablespoon of liquid smoke. Haven't even had the ribs yet but everyone in the family has tasted the sauce and they love it!

Aug 04, 2008

Very good - couldn't be bothered to puree it so left it chunky. Superb result - the onion caramelised and singed around the edges adding to the bodacious yummy taste. Thanks Steve! Definitely make again and again. Even considering making a load, letting it go cold and using it as a salsa.


8 Ratings

Oct 22, 2003

Steve is right his rib sauce is very good. I tryed it,and everyone liked it.gardiner

Apr 13, 2011

Sweet, with a little heat in the back of the throat. Nice sauce! I did food processor it a bit before basting it on a sirloin steak, not having any ribs to try out on. I also didn't have any tomatoes, but I didn't miss them. NM chile powder is a dried mildly hot pepper, so I subbed some homemade hungarian hot I made last year, just a 1/4 tsp, was plenty of heat and smokiness. I really liked this and think it would be great on ribs! Thanks!

Nov 17, 2006

Great sauce...

May 17, 2011

Excellent recipe! Exactly what I've been looking for. A nice "red" barbecue sauce, as opposed to brown/molasses type. Thanks for the post!

Nov 10, 2012

This was very good. I added a couple of squeezes of lemon juice, and as I didn't have cayenne, I subbed in a packet of pizza pepper flakes. Will definitely make again. Very forgiving recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 12 kcal
  • < 1%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 28 mg
  • 1%

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

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