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Simple Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce

A quick and simple Kansas City style barbecue sauce recipe you'll want to slather on chicken, steak, pork...anything! Only 70 calories per 2 tablespoons!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade bbq sauce, kansas city style barbecue sauce, simple bbq sauce
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 70kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo finely chopped (sold in a can in the Latin foods section)


  • Heat the oil in a sauce pan set over medium. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add the ketchup and stir to incorporate. Add the molasses, brown sugar, vinegar, and chipotle chile. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently, until it has thickened slightly, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Allow the sauce to cool slightly, then transfer it to a blender and pulse until smooth. Brush it on grilled chicken, beef, pork, or use it as a sandwich spread or a dipping sauce. The sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.9g | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 14.1g