How to Make a Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

Use light or dark brown sugar to make BBQ sauce.
Use light or dark brown sugar to make BBQ sauce. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Barbecue sauce is used to flavor food, or as a condiment for dipping or brushing. When cooking on a grill, barbecue sauce is ideal for basting the meat to keep it moist. The base of a barbecue sauce is often tomato, but the other ingredients can vary. Brown sugar is commonly added to barbecue sauce because it gives it a sweeter taste and thickens it.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 qt. saucepan
  • Whisk
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup chili, or hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp.Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp. molasses
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder

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Combine the ketchup, hot sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, Dijon mustard, salt, black pepper, garlic and onion in a 2 qt. saucepan. Use a whisk to mix the ingredients so they are blended together.

Heat the contents in the saucepan on "medium-high" heat. Stir the contents of the pot periodically with a whisk.

Bring the contents of the pot to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and allow the contents of the pot to simmer for 10 minutes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Serve your BBQ sauce hot off the stove, or allow it to cool and store it in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
  • If your sauce is too thin, thicken it by adding either molasses, honey or cornstarch. Add a 1/2 tsp. at a time and stir. Keep adding your thickener a 1/2 tsp. at a time, stirring after each addition until your sauce reaches the desired consistency.


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