kansas city style bbq sauce
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4.75 from 8 votes

Kansas City BBQ Sauce

Kansas City BBQ sauce is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. It's rich from the molasses, bright from the acidic tomatoes and vinegar, and has just the right amount of heat from the chili powder. It's a classic, ketchup-based BBQ sauce that is a must-have for chicken, ribs, and more!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Keyword: BBQ Sauce, Kansas Style BBQ Sauce
Servings: 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Whisk to combine. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low to simmer.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool completely before transferring to an air tight container.
  • This sauce can be used immediately, but I recommend refrigerating overnight for the best flavor. This sauce will last 2 weeks in the refrigerator if sealed tightly in an air tight container.