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Classic BBQ Sauce

Tangy, sweet, and acidic, this classic BBQ sauce is an American staple, perfect for chicken, pulled pork, ribs, and everything in between!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings 3 cups


  • Immersion blender


  • 15 oz. fire-roasted tomatoes (1 can)
  • 6 oz. tomato paste (1 can)
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup blackstrap molasses
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Bring up to barely a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, not allowing the sauce to pop out of the pan.
  • Simmer for at least 20 minutes.
  • Turn off your burner and take your sauce off the heat. Let it cool on the stovetop for 5-10 minutes.
  • Blend your sauce until smooth.


  • Once the sauce is simmering, you can let it go longer if you want a thicker sauce. That will reduce your total yield, though.
  • This recipe can be easily halved or doubled. It will store in the fridge for about 2 weeks. 
  • To blend the sauce, I used an immersion blender, but you can use whatever blender works best for you.