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Tangy and Sassy Barbecue Sauce

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Have you ever made your own barbecue sauce? I have actually made several already, but I am always being asked how to make them without alcohol. Well here you go…Tangy and Sassy Barbecue Sauce…with no alcohol! I bet you weren’t sure that I could come up with one. Well technically my friend Deb from Cooking on the Front Burner came to the rescue and gave me the link to her Tangy BBQ Sauce to use as a starting point…..

Tangy and Sassy Barbecue Sauce | cookingwithcurls.com

I came up with the name for this sauce, after taking the photo with my crazy, basting brush head guy. I knew that I needed something fun, and playful to go along with that photo, LOL…..

Tangy and Sassy Barbecue Sauce | cookingwithcurls.com | Cooking with Astrology #Virgo

This barbecue sauce is thick, and tangy as you can see by the name, but it is not what I would consider a sweet barbecue sauce.

I made this sauce for this month’s main course for Cooking with Astrology “Virgo” – Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches…..

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches | cookingwithcurls.com

but it would also be perfect on ribs, chicken, or burgers…and it could not be any easier to make!

How to make Tangy and Sassy Barbecue Sauce:

Heat the oil in a medium sized sauce pan, and cook the chopped onions until translucent, about 10 minutes…..

Tangy and Sassy Barbecue Sauce onions cookingwithcurls.com

Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Then add the tomato paste, brown sugar, and water, stir to combine…..

Tangy and Sassy Barbecue Sauce sugar cookingwithcurls.com

Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine…..

Tangy and Sassy Barbecue Sauce seasoning cookingwithcurls.com

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week, assuming that you don’t devour it all in one sitting! 😉

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His little feet are suction cups, so he doesn’t fall over and spill sauce all over the place while you are using it…in theory anyway. 😉  I have yet to get him to stand up for any length of time, LOL. He looks really cute sitting on top of the range, so I keep him around!

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Tangy and Sassy Barbecue Sauce

This Tangy and Sassy Barbecue Sauce is perfect on ribs, chicken, burgers, and pulled pork sandwiches
4 from 2 votes
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 89kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 large cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (used smoked paprika for a smokey flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin


  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 1 additional minute.
  • Add the tomato paste, water, and brown sugar, stir to combine.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, stir to combine, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  • Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week.


Recipe adapted from my friend Deb's Tangy BBQ Sauce at Cooking on the Front Burner.


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 252mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.1mg

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  1. You know, I never have made my own sauce, and when I read through this recipe, I see that it really isn’t hard at all. The brush man is adorable – I’m thinking stocking stuffer! Gonna pin this…

  2. Lisa, this sauce sounds incredible and that sandwich loos amazing! I am in love with your brush guy and I totally want one! 🙂 Pinned and sharing – have a great Tuesday!

  3. That brush is hilarious! I always make my own BBQ sauce, but I’m always on the lookout for something new and yummy! This looks amazing. 🙂


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