Homemade Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce

Sweet and spicy Kansas City style BBQ sauce made with tomato sauce, honey, molasses, vinegar and spices.

It’s so easy to make, simply combine all the ingredients and simmer on the stove for less than 30 minutes and what you end up with is a thick, tangy sauce with the perfect balance of sweet and spice; perfect on chicken, pork or beef.

What I like about making my own sauce is that I can control what goes into it whether it’s the amount of heat or sugar. You’d be surprised to learn that most BBQ sauces sold in the supermarket contain high fructose corn syrup. Did you know most brands of ketchup also contain HFCS too? Don’t worry, I’m working on a ketchup recipe soon!

Here’s a sneak peek at tomorrow’s pulled pork recipe using this sauce…

Homemade Kansas Style BBQ Sauce
Servings: 17 • Size: 2 tbsp • Points +: 1 pts • Smart Points: 3
Calories: 65 • Fat: 0 g • Sat Fat: 0 • Carb: 17 g • Fiber: 0.5 g • Protein: 0.4 g
Sugar: 10 g • Sodium: 362 mg • Choles: 0 mg


  • 1 1/3 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses (unsulfured)
  • 2 tsp all natural hickory liquid smoke (Colgin)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder


In a large saucepan combine all the ingredients and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes stirring occasionally. Let it cool and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

For using on grilled meat, brush onto chicken, pork or beef the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Makes 2 cups + 2 tbsp