Kansas City BBQ Sauce
Kansas City BBQ Sauce is one of the best BBQ sauce recipes we've tried - rich, tangy, with a kick of cayenne, and very sweet.
It's what the rest of the world imagines when they think of "American BBQ sauce". And whenever I make it, I get a satisfying number of compliments.
Really it's a finishing or mopping sauce to be slathered all over pork ribs for the last stage of the barbeque process.
- 1 1/4 cup tomato ketchup
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 olive oil
- 1/4 cup molasses sugar
- 3 tbsn paprika
- 3 tsp cayenne
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- If you want a smokey taste but don't have a smoker, get hold of some hickory liquid smoke and add a couple of teaspoons.
- Heat the oil in a suitable pan and saute the garlic until it browns.
- Add the vinegar, ketchup, and water, then the sugar, paprika, cayenne.
- Turn down the heat and let it all simmer for 15 minutes until it thickens a bit.
If you feel like experimenting whilst making this BBQ sauce try one or more of the following:
- Swap the cider vinegar for balsamic vinegar - it's sweet and rich - which is what this sauce should be anyway.
- Try a lug or two of Worcestershire sauce.
- A lug or two of bourbon - not too much.
- Add more or less cayenne pepper.
- It might be too garlicky for some - if so try one clove instead.
- Try honey or maple syrup instead of molasses sugar.
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