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Memphis Style BBQ Sauce

Makes 6 cups


  • 2 TBS canola oil
  • 3/4 cups finely diced yellow onion
  • 2 TBS minced garlic
  • 1.5 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 TBS tomato paste
  • 6 TBS brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Memphis BBQ Rub (follow link above)


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat- add canola oil and onion. Sautee until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes.
  • Add ketchup, honey, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar, worcestershire, dry mustard, cayenne and black pepper. Whisk. bring to a simmer. Add water and whisk.
  • Add about 3 TBS of the rub, stir well and taste. Sauce should have a good, well-rounded flavor. Add more rub in 1 TBS increments if desired. Cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.
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