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How to Make Kansas City BBQ Sauce?

Does the image of thick barbecue sauce slathered over a rack of ribs make your taste buds swoon? Do you live for the moment when you bite into some sauce-drenched barbecue chicken that explodes into a fireworks display of sweet, tangy goodness? Well, look no further than the famous, mouthwatering Kansas City BBQ sauce. It’s so insanely delicious that it can inspire you to make your own homemade version. Sound enticing? Good. Keep reading to learn more about this sassy, savory sauce.

Why Kansas City Barbecue Sauce Rocks

This sauce is popular among barbecue lovers around the globe. Why is this? Aside from its flavorful combination of molasses, tomatoes, vinegar and chili powder, it’s a versatile sauce. It’s so thick that it goes well with a variety of foods beyond ribs and chicken. It elevates the taste of baked beans, works wonders as a base, and serves as its own dip. French fries, anyone?

Additionally, it’s not difficult to make. There are many variations of Kansas City BBQ sauce, but we’ll keep it super simple. Said another way, you don’t have to be a grill master to make this sauce. Below is a bare-bones, DIY recipe. Ready to get started? Great! Mosey into the kitchen and let’s get this barbecue party underway.

Ingredients You Need

The primary flavor profile of this sauce focuses on sweetness, tanginess, and heat. This recipe requires five minutes of prep time and 25 minutes of cook time. Here’s what you need for your own homemade Kansas City BBQ:

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 14 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Cooking Instructions

You got your ingredients. Now it’s time to get down and dirty. Grab a medium saucepan, whisk and an airtight container. Let’s get this delectable sauce fired up!

  1. Place all your ingredients in your saucepan.
  2. Use the whisk to mix the ingredients together.
  3. Bring the sauce to a boil.
  4. Turn the heat down so the sauce can simmer.
  5. Let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Allow the sauce to cool down.
  7. Pour the sauce into a container.
  8. Place the Kansas City BBQ sauce in the refrigerator overnight.

Of course, you can make and eat the sauce the same day. In fact, you’ll be tempted to do just that, but resist the temptation. Here’s why. This finger-licking, lip-smacking sauce is better the next day.

What happens is that all those succulent ingredients hang out together and have a funky good time. The real magic happens once they have mixed and mingled for 24 hours. All those fantastic flavors are unleashed. What emerges is a smooth taste that’ll confirm why Kansas City BBQ sauce is the best in the country.

Got more sauce than you need? Not a problem. Once it’s stored in the fridge, the sauce remains good and fresh for up to 14 days.

Bask in BBQ Glory

As good as Kansas City BBQ sauce is, you may not want to tackle the task of making your own. That’s okay. Here at Q39, we’ve done all the work for you. Get one (or all) of our Q39 signature sauces online. Better yet, come visit us at either of our locations and try our amazing sauces in person.