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Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce

Teri & Jenny
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Servings 16
Calories 153 kcal


  • 5 strips bacon, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • 1 ½ cups tomato sauce
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Sauté bacon in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until crispy and browned, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and drain all but 2 tablespoons of fat from pan.
  • Add oil to pan and place back over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in thyme and sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add the cooked bacon back into the pan followed by the remaining sauce ingredients and stir until fully combined.
  • Turn heat down to medium-low and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour sauce into a blender and puree until smooth or desired consistency has been achieved.


  • *Makes 2 quarts  barbecue sauce


Calories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 384mgPotassium: 394mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 375IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 2mg
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