Homemade brown sugar barbecue sauce with a spicy kick.

Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

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Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

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Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Now the important part… the food. You’re hopefully planning on doing some fabulous grilling this weekend, so I wanted to share a really easy and delicious recipe for homemade brown sugar barbecue sauce. I was a bit appalled to find out that barbecue sauce is made with tomatoes so I was happy to find one that called for ketchup and played around with that one a bit. I can handle ketchup. I know it’s made of tomatoes but it’s less tomato-y in my eyes, if that makes any sense at all. This version whips up in mere minutes, is sweet and spicy and everything right. I bet you even have all of the ingredients on hand for this. You can of course leave out the red pepper flakes if you want to cut back on the heat. It isn’t too much but does give a nice slight lingering zing. It’s just necessary. As is making this sauce. Seriously – minutes! In just minutes you’ll have a super delicious barbecue sauce you can say you made. Brush it on your meat of choice or use it as a dipping sauce. You’ll be sure to love it!

Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Love barbecue sauce? Try these recipes:
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Barbecue chicken tacos
Barbecue onion rings
Barbecue chicken French bread pizza
Barbecue chicken quesadillas

Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com
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Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 2 Cups
Homemade brown sugar barbecue sauce with a spicy kick.


  • 1 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 C ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp molasses
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, optional


  • Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture begins to boil, stir frequently. Reduce heat to low, continuing to cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Use immediately. Alternately sauce may be cooled and transferred to an airtight container, store in refrigerator.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American