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Kansas City-Style BBQ Sauce

  • Yield: About 2 cups


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ yellow onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana hot sauce, such as Crystal
  • 2 teaspoons Kansas City-Style Rib Rub
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard


  • Set a 1-quart saucepan over medium-high heat and add the oil.  Once the oil is hot, add the onions and garlic and sweat the onions, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes.  Add the vinegar and cook until reduced by half, about 1 minute.  Add the remaining ingredients to the sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until thickened to sauce consistency and flavors have come together, 4 to 6 minutes.  Remove from the heat and cool.  Sauce may be made up to 3 weeks in advance and refrigerated in a nonreactive airtight container.

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