Award Winning BBQ Sauce Recipe

by Kevin H. on May 10, 2012 · 29 comments

Award Winning BBQ Sauce RecipeIt was about 5 years ago that I was sitting on my couch watching Tyler Florence make homemade BBQ Sauce on The Food Network.  I already loved BBQ and thought to myself…I could do that.  That could be fun…and tasty.  Yea, I could do that.

It only took about 3 years and probably 50 attempts to finally nail a recipe that we could use on our team, SLABS a’ Smokin, for our competition meats.

A quick disclaimer:  This is not the exact recipe we use.  Sorry, but that’s a competitive edge I just can’t share.  I worked on it for 3 years folks.  I’m STILL tweaking it.  But this is darn close and will produce a deliciously tasty sauce for your use.  Besides, I want you to experiment and have fun.  You don’t want all the answers.  You need to take this recipe and make it yours, to your tastes.

If you want to kick it up a notch for a spicier Memphis style barbecue sauce?  Try adding a 1/2 tsp or more of cayenne.  Want it more tangy, like the Carolina’s?  Add a tbsp or 2 of red wine vinegar.  No, you prefer it sugary STL style?  Then throw in 1/4c of honey and some more brown sugar.

So get out a big pot, put on an apron, and get to creating.  Once you go homemade with your BBQ sauce, you’ll never go back.


Award Winning BBQ Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

1 quart

Award Winning BBQ Sauce Recipe

Delicious homemade award winning BBQ Sauce recipe!


  • 1c Ketchup
  • 2/3c Brown Sugar
  • 1/2c Beer
  • 1/2c Soda
  • 1/3c Real Maple Syrup or Molasses
  • 6oz Tomato Paste
  • 3 tbs Mustard
  • 3 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbs Sea Salt
  • 1 tbs Dry Mustard
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbs Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbs Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne


  1. Go right down the list and add all ingredients to a pot, one at a time, with your burner on low/simmer.
  2. Start with ketchup, then add the beer and coke to thin.
  3. Then add all dry ingredients - this will save you from having to dry out your measuring spoons before adding the wet ingredients.
  4. For best results, mix using a whisk.
  5. Once all ingredients are added, turn burner up to high and bring to a boil.
  6. Turn off and let sit until cool.
  7. Dump into any container, store in fridge for as long as you want!
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