Kansas City Style Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Kansas City Style Homemade Barbecue Sauce a  deliciously sweet, smoky, tangy sauce, and perfect for barbecued chicken, pork, and even beef. If you love a great Kansas City Style sauce you’ll love how easy it is to make in about 30 minutes combining ketchup, mustard, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce,  lemon juice, steak sauce, Tamarind paste,  dark molasses, honey, oil,  hot sauce, and brown sugar, and  liquid smoke with a perfect amount of spice added.

#DIY Kansas City Style Homemade Barbecue Sauce

I’m not opposed to Store brands of BBQ Sauce, there are many wonderfully delicious sauces you can purchase from your local market . I just love the idea of making my own Kansas City Style Homemade Barbecue Sauce and being able to control what goes into my sauce plus saving a little money.

#DIY Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce is fairly simple to make and can be done in approximately 30 minutes flat. This is a wonderful BBQ Sauce our family used over the years, and I have to tell you It’s one of my favorites to slather on chicken and pork.

You will  have a decent amount left over that you can store in your refrigerator for another menu item, for up to 3 week time, or even frozen for a few months if desired. This has been a valuable money saver for our family since it stores so nicely. I hope you and your family will enjoy this BBQ Sauce as much as we have.

Kansas City Style Homemade Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 cups ketchup
  • 1/4  cup honey mustard
  • 1/4  cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cup dark molasses
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons pure honey
  • 1 tablespoon of tamarind paste
  • 1 and 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce


  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix the ketchup, mustard, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce,  lemon juice, steak sauce, Tamarind paste,  dark  molasses, honey,oil,  hot sauce, and brown sugar, and  liquid smoke.
  2. In another  small bowl, thoroughly mix chili powder, black pepper, and the table salt.
  3. Over medium heat, warm the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onions and sauté until limp and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Crush the garlic, add it to the pan and cook for about 1 minute.
  5. Add the dry spices and stir for a few minutes to marry their flavors.
  6. Add the wet ingredients. Simmer over medium heat for 25 minutes with the lid off to thicken it.



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17 thoughts on “Kansas City Style Homemade Barbecue Sauce

  1. dishofdailylife says:

    I like to make my own barbeque sauce too…and it’s always different…a little of this, a little of that. I’m up for trying a recipe too though…this looks really wonderful. I love apple cider vinegar! Pinning!


  2. The Foodie Affair says:

    I’m so glad this BBQ sauce got a page of of its own. It’ll be easier to find when I make this because we’re still grilling! Where would I find tamarind paste? I think that’s the only ingredient I need to purchase.


    • Heidy L. McCallum says:

      I have made this without the mustard all together. To be honest most KC style BBQ sauces do not have mustard of any sort. I would increase the vinegar a bit. Or you could use another mustard of your choice.


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