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Big and Bold Texas Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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Big and Bold Texas Barbecue Sauce Recipe
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Everything's bigger in Texas, including the flavor of this great Texas barbecue sauce recipe. Not as thick or sweet as its Midwestern relatives, this spicy barbecue sauce recipe is traditionally used with beef.

Makes about 3 Cups Big and Bold Texas Barbecue Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne, or to taste


Whisk together all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a low simmer, and turn off heat. Let cool to room temperature. May be used as a basting sauce towards the end of cooking, or brushed on after barbecuing, with additional sauce served on the side.
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 4 out of 5
Good., Member joeXmaspunk

This is very easy to make (I had all the ingredients at hand) and does not contain perishable items like fresh onions. This was the main reason I made this. The sauce is not thick. It is a little thin, which may suit you need . Taste is like what you expected from a Texas-sauce recipe. It is spicy and tangy and not too sweet. It might be a little too tangy for some due to the vinegar. I have certain friends that would not care for that--I like it though. I did add a few dashes of black pepper and teaspoon garlic powder. I poured the sauce into two 14oz bottles. I made this to broil some beef sausages. It ended up great. Overall: this is not the best sauce ever. But it is easy, and it should do the trick for any beef grilling. Even living in West Texas, I tend to like the sweeter sauces. ""H.E.B Carolina Barbeque Sauce Specialty Series"" is favorite store-made sauce. But if you compare other Texas sauces (store-bought or steakhouse-made) with this recipe, then you should find that it is on par.

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