Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce – Le Saucier Hot Sauces

Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce

Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 3 cups (750ml)

Cook Time: 20 minutes

When it comes to barbecue sauces, Kansas City has a style of its own, they adopted a thicker, and sweeter formula. If you take the time to notice what is available on the shelves of your grocery store, it is easy to see that the Kansas City style has dominated all the rest, when it comes to American barbecue practices. The main components are ketchup and molasses for the sweetness and the thickness, liquid smoke is often added to give an element of authentic grilling flavour. This sauce will enhance the taste of any meat you decide to put on the grill, brush on during the last 10 minutes of cooking.


  • 1 cup (250ml) Ketchup
  • 1 cup (250ml) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup (96g) brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (190ml) cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) molasses
  • 1 tsp (5ml) hickory liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) butter
  • 1tsp (5ml) garlic powder
  • 1 tsp (5ml) onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2,5ml) chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1,25ml) ground celery seed
  • 2 tsp (10ml) any hot sauce (we suggest: Redwood Retreat)
  • 1 tsp (5ml) salt
  • 1 tsp (5ml) ground black pepper


  1. Measure and place all the ingredients in a medium size saucepan, using a whisk, mix until all is well combined.
  2. On stove top over medium heat continue stirring until mixture begins to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for up to 20 minutes, stirring often. 
  3. Remove from heat as soon as the desired consistency is obtained.
  4. May be used immediately, refrigerate leftovers.

This sweet and spicy BBQ sauce is a must for any meat you want to slap on the BBQ. Next time you are just dying to eat amazingly, mouth-watering juicy ribs, try this easy tip. Boil the ribs in a big pot on the stove top with enough water to cover them, cut a lemon in two and add to the pot. Let simmer for about 30 to 45 minutes, test with a fork, as soon as the fork enters the meat easily remove the ribs from the pot. Place the ribs on a large working surface, brush each slab of ribs with this sauce, on both sides. Put the sauced ribs on a big platter, or a large bowl, refrigerate until BBQ time. Once on the BBQ, you should brush a second time, its really just to heat them up. Enjoy! 



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