Kansas City BBQ Sauce

KC BBQ, tomato-rich and sweeter than its neighbors from other regions, has become what is commercially accepted as bbq sauce. While sometimes commercial renditions can over do the sugar, this version balances sweet with touch of spice.
Dish type
Main Dish


  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked sea salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer 25 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  3. Serve over your favorite beef, pork or chicken!