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This Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce is rich, thick, sticky and sweet. Perfect for all your grilling needs this summer!
Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Rich, sticky, and sweet, this homemade Kansas City style BBQ sauce is the perfect finishing touch to all your grilled foods.

Course: Sauce, Sauces, Side, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, BBQ, bbq sauce
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 468 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
  • 2 cups (475ml) ketchup
  • ½ cup (100g) packed dark brown sugar
  • cup (80ml) molasses
  • ¼ cup (60ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a medium sized saucepan combine all ingredients well.

  2. Simmer on low for 10 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and pour into a heat safe container (mason jars work well for this).

Recipe Notes
  1. STORAGE: This will keep in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks and probably even longer.
  2. FREEZER FRIENDLY: Freeze cooled sauce in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. 
Nutrition Facts
Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 468 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2447mg106%
Potassium 1271mg36%
Carbohydrates 113g38%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 100g111%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1366IU27%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 171mg17%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.