Epic Kansas City BBQ Sauce Recipe: Bring The Flavors Of Kansas To Your Own Backyard

This Kansas City BBQ sauce recipe gives you the classic sweet and tangy taste with just a hint of heat. Taste the flavors of Kansas-style barbecue at home.

Kansas style barbecue sauce

When it comes to food in in Kansas City, barbecue rules the street.

The sweet, tangy flavors of Kansas City BBQ sauce gain their classic taste from a combination of thick molasses, ripe tomatoes, and vinegar.

The best Kansas City BBQ sauce recipes combine the perfect blend of chili heat and a sweet, sticky consistency that caramelizes wonderfully on chicken and ribs.

This Kansas-style bbq sauce is one of my all-time favorite thick and sticky barbecue sauce recipes. And it’s something that every backyard chef needs to try making at least once. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll be making this again and again as you fire up the grill for backyard dinners.

Kansas-style BBQ Sauce

Kansas Style bbq ribs
Kansas-style spare ribs

This Kansas City BBQ sauce is built up from a base of tomato and molasses. The recipe is pulled together using brown sugar and apple cider vinegar before being livened up with a blend of 9 spices that round out the flavor and give it that Kansas-style kick.

This barbecue sauce recipe can be made and enjoyed on the same day. But, if you keep yourself from devouring it immediately, you’ll be treated to an extra flavor punch if you let it sit for at least a day. The resulting consistency will be smoother and fuller.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container such as a mason jar, and you can enjoy it at its best within two-three weeks.

What Makes a BBQ Sauce “Kansas-Style”?

Like any great barbecue region in the United States, Kansas barbecue has a style that sets it apart from other regions such as Memphis, Tennessee, and Austin, Texas.

Kansas-style BBQ plays heavily into burnt ends tomato-based BBQ sauce. Kansas City BBQ sauce usually offers diners a light kick from spices that include chili powder, red pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper. Sometimes it’s one or the other; other times, it’s a mix of all three. The Kansas City-style is brought together with sticky molasses that helps the sauce really stick to the meat.

The Trick To Making The Perfect Kansas Barbecue Sauce

Making the best BBQ sauce is a great way to take your grilling journey to the next level. It’s quick and easy to set it up if you already have the ingredients on hand. And homemade BBQ sauce is so much better than anything you can buy at the store.

As a bonus, if you don’t absolutely love the flavor, you can tweak the recipe to fit your personal tastes until you create the barbecue sauce of your dreams.

Making BBQ sauce is just a simple, three-step process.

  1. Mix and boil the ingredients – The first step to any great barbecue sauce is combining all of the ingredients. Mix and whisk everything together in a medium-sized bowl and then add them to a nonstick saucepan. Bring the ingredients to a boil, often stirring to avoid burning.
  2. Simmer to thicken – Once your ingredients have achieved a fast boil, reduce the heat to low and allow your mixture to thicken. This step also lets off those great BBQ sauce smells that will fill your kitchen.
  3. Cool your sauce – Once your sauce has achieved the consistency that you like, remove it from the heat source. Allow the mixture to cool fully before transferring it to an airtight container and refrigerate for 24 hours. The sauce can be used right away, but again, it tastes best when it has sat for a day or more.

As you can see, this barbecue sauce is quick and easy to make. You can store it for two to three weeks sealed in the fridge with no concerns. This sauce is good for many different dishes, including chicken, beef, and ribs. You can even add a unique twist to our Filipino Pork BBQ recipe using this instead of the traditional sauce.

Now Let’s Make An Awesome Kansas BBQ Sauce!

Ok, barbecue fanatics! It’s time to step up our game with this awesome sauce.

Follow the steps below and you’ll have your own classic, Kansas City BBQ sauce to slather over your favorite dishes.

Kansas city BBQ sauce recipe

Kansas City BBQ Sauce Recipe

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Kansas City BBQ sauce is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. It's rich from the molasses, bright from the acidic tomatoes and vinegar, and has just the right amount of heat from the chili powder. It's a classic, ketchup-based BBQ sauce that is a must-have for chicken, ribs, and more!

Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz can of crushed tomotoes
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Mix and boil the ingredients - The first step to any great barbecue sauce is combining all of the ingredients. Mix and whisk everything together in a medium-sized bowl and then add them to a nonstick saucepan. Bring the ingredients to a boil, stirring often to avoid burning.
  2. Simmer to thicken - Once your ingredients have achieved a fast boil, reduce the heat to low and allow your mixture to thicken. This step also lets off those great BBQ sauce smells that will fill your kitchen.
  3. Cool your sauce - Once your sauce has achieved the consistency that you like, remove it from the heat source. Allow the mixture to cool fully before transferring it to an airtight container and refrigerate for 24 hours. The sauce can be used right away, but again, it tastes best when it has sat for a day or more.

Notes

The sauce can be stored, refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three weeks.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 440Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3114mgCarbohydrates: 113gFiber: 2gSugar: 104gProtein: 2g

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