This sweet, smoky and tangy sauce has become known as the American standard. No need to go all the way to KC for a taste, here’s a recipe you can whip up right in your own kitchen.
Kansas City is known to many as the Barbecue Capital of the Country.
Kansas City BBQ is characterized by a variety of meats and cuts (chicken, ribs, pulled pork etc.) slow smoked over hickory, oak and apple wood and then smothered with thick, sweet tomato and molasses-based sauces.
• 15 ounce can tomato sauce
• 2 tablespoons chili powder
• 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup yellow mustard
• 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
• 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
• 1/4 cup lemon juice
• 1/4 cup steak sauce
• 1/4 cup molasses
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1 teaspoon hot sauce
• 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
• 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
Mix together chili powder, pepper and salt in a small bowl
In a large bowl, whisk together mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire, lemon juice, steak sauce, molasses, honey, hot sauce, brown sugar, and tomato sauce
In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat
Reduce heat to low and add onion and garlic to saucepan. Sauté over low heat for 5 minutes
Add chili powder mixture, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally
Add wet ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes with the lid off, letting the sauce thicken
For a sweeter sauce, add extra honey and/or molasses to taste
Once sauce has thickened, pass the sauce through a mesh strainer to remove onion and garlic chunks
Store sauce in the fridge for 3-4 weeks in a tightly-sealed container. For longer preservation, freeze in Heavy Duty Ziploc bags for up to 4 months
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