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Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Spicy barbecue sauce for your chicken or pork dishes! This sauce gets a kick from cayenne, cumin, chili powder, and other spices—it's tasty and will liven up your food!

Spicy barbecue sauce for your chicken or pork dishes!

Barbecue sauce is such a regional and subjective food item—and most people are pretty adamant about the way they like it. If you are partial to a mustard-based sauce, then you probably are not fond of a sweet ketchup sauce. And if you like the molasses and ketchup-based sauce, then you probably don't want a mustard or vinegar based sauce.

I like sort of a combination of all. If I'm at a barbecue joint that serves different styles of sauces, then I'll try them all. This practice drives my husband a little crazy if we have to run through a Chick-Fil-A drive-through and I get chicken nuggets -- I ask for one of each sauce. It does not make for an easy drive. But I digress, back to the barbecue sauce.

Spicy Barbecue Sauce

This sauce is ketchup-based, but includes a little vinegar and a good bit of heat from cayenne pepper, chili powder, and cumin, along with other spices. It's good on chicken, pulled pork or my oven-roasted beef brisket. If you don't like sauce to be spicy, then you could add an additional cup of ketchup or just cut back on the chili powder, cumin and cayenne.



Spicy Barbecue Sauce

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Spicy barbecue sauce for your chicken or pork dishes!
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prep time: 15 mins
total time :45 mins
servings :10 servings
author: Lucy


  • 3 cups Heinz ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small grated onion
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 ½ tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup water or apple juice


  • Melt butter in a large saucepan on medium heat. Add grated onion and stir for 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn heat to medium-low and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir gently and allow to come to a simmer.
  • Turn heat to low and cook for at least thirty minutes, stirring occasionally. Store in the refrigerator. Sauce will keep for several weeks.
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Serving: 10servingsCalories: 261kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 1gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 773mgFiber: 1gSugar: 45g
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Also try my regular Barbecue Sauce if you're not fond of spicy!

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