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sweet and tangy bbq sauce

Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

Sharing a family recipe–this one is dear to my heart. This easy to make bone-sucking sweet and tangy bbq sauce is great for grilled-veggies, chicken, and ribs and so much more.
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1.5 cups
Author: Jeri Mobley-Arias


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 teaspoon pimenton or smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Add all ingredients to a saucepan and bring to boil, then lower heat to a a simmer.
  • Cook for 10 mins, until sauce thickens.
  • Allow to cool and place in a sterilized container. BBQ sauce will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.