Kansas City Barbecue Sauce Recipe

May 25, 2012 1:01 pm

A tomato-based barbecue sauce with actual tomatoes

kansas city barbecue sauce recipe
Photo: Travis Isaacs on Flickr
Real barbecue sauce is found on the stove (and stays there for a while).

After a week of brewing up condiment-based sauces — not that we don't love ketchup and mustard with all our hearts — I thought I'd take classic American barbecue sauce recipe back to its pre-squeeze bottle roots: the actual tomato. Kansas City-style barbecue sauce isn't swirled together in a little bowl at the last minute, it's slow-cooked to bring out the flavors of the onions and tomatoes. Exceptionally tasty brushed on a rack of ribs during the last few minutes of cooking, this is a sauce that's impressive to make at home and, without a doubt, worth the extra effort.

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Servings: 1 quart


3 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium onion, very finely chopped
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons chili powder
  1. Heat canola oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat and saute the onions for 7-10 minutes until completely soft and golden-brown. 
  2. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 45 minutes. 
  3. Remove from heat, allow to cool completely, then transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid and store in the refrigerator for up to a week. 
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
5 minutes
Cooking Time: 
1 hour
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