How to Make Kansas City Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

The key to sweet this Kansas City BBQ sauce is to get the right combination of sweet and tangy flavors. The sauce is ketchup based, with a blend of spices that you can customize to your own tastes. It is very easy to make, and can be prepared in between ten and thirty minutes, depending on the recipe you are following. Once you have made the sauce, apply it liberally to your barbeque meat- large portions of sauce are traditional in Kansas City.

In order to make your own sweet and tangy barbeque sauce, you will need the following ingredients:

3 cups water

½-cup tomato paste

1-cup ketchup (whichever brand you prefer)

4 tablespoons white sugar

½-cup molasses

¼-teaspoon garlic powder

1-teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons Liquid Smoke flavoring (gives a smoky flavor to the sauce)

1-teaspoon black pepper

1-teaspoon onion powder

Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan. Heat over a medium to high heat, stirring until the mixture begins to boil. When this happens, reduce the heat to a medium setting. Leave the pan uncovered and keep stirring as it boils. Continue stirring over a medium heat until the sauce has thickened. It will usually take about half an hour. You can use the sauce immediately, but if you make it the night before you intend to eat it, then you can leave it in the fridge overnight, and you will find that the flavor is improved.

A slightly quicker blend can be made with the following ingredients:

1 cup ketchup (any brand)

¼-cup water

¼-cup vinegar

¼-cup beer

1-teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced or finely chopped

2 tablespoons paprika

1-tablespoon cayenne

1-tablespoon chili powder

Gently heat the olive oil in a saucepan. Add the garlic and fry it until slightly brown. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Heat the mixture until it begins to boil, then turn the heat down and allow the sauce to simmer for ten to fifteen minutes.

If you prefer not to use beer, you can substitute another ¼ cup of water for it. You can also modify the exact combination of flavorings and the amounts that you use. If you would like to create your own blend, then try adding the spices in smaller amounts, gradually adjusting the blend to taste. Make sure you remember or note down how much of each ingredient you have used, however, if you would like to be able to recreate the blend in the future. You can also add brown or white sugar, or molasses to sweeten the sauce. Additional seasonings you may want to try in your own blend include onion powder, black pepper, celery salt and allspice.

In order to get the best out of your Kansas City sweet and tangy sauce, you should use it with the right barbeque rub. You should find a recipe that complements the sauce. If you are using the second recipe given here, then you may want to try a barbeque rub that will add some extra sweetness, as the second sauce is not as sweet as the first one.

For the barbeque rub, you will need:

½-cup brown sugar

1-tablespoon chili powder

¼-cup paprika

1-tablespoon salt

1-tablespoon black pepper

1-tablespoon garlic powder

Simply blend these ingredients together and rub them into the prepared meat. Wrap the meat in plastic film and leave it in the fridge overnight. This will give the seasonings time to sink in. If you do not have enough time to season the meat the day before you will eat it, you can leave it for a shorter time. When you do cook the meat, do it slowly to prevent the sugar from burning. It is a good idea to mist the meat every hour or so, with a half-and-half combination of apple juice and water. This will keep the meat moist and help prevent the sugar from become blackened and burned. You can substitute pineapple juice for the apple juice.