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Homemade Kansas City Styled BBQ Sauce Recipe

Homemade Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce Recipe

This easy homemade recipe for Kansas City Style BBQ is sweet, tangy, and delicious. Add this zesty bbq sauce to your ribs, chicken, or pork dishes. You'll never buy BBQ sauce again.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Condiment
Servings 2 Cups
Calories 49 kcal


  • Immersion Blender


  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Yellow or white onion Diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Diced
  • 1 1/2 Cups Ketchup
  • 1 Cup Jarred Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Blackstrap Molasses
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar Tightly-packed
  • 1 tsp Cayenne
  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper


  • Preheat a 3 1/2 quart sauce pot over medium heat. Add olive oil.
  • Next add onions and sautee for 5 – 6 minutes, stirring often, or until translucent and soft, but not caramelized. Add garlic and stir for another minute.
  • Add ketchup, tomato puree, molasses, and apple cider vinegar and bring to a simmer. Should take about 5 minutes to come to a simmer.
  • Finally add brown sugar, salt, cayenne, and black pepper and stir. Using a hand immersion blender, blend the ingredients to grind up the cooked onion and garlic.
  • Bring back to a simmer and cover for another 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and then using a funnel, pour the sauce into an airtight container with a lid.


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