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Honey Barbecue Sauce

This is a KC style barbecue sauce with the sweetness of honey, medium body smokiness, and a non-overpowering cayenne finish. It uses tomato sauce as a base instead of ketchup to avoid high fructose corn syrup which can be bad for some people.


Honey Barbecue Sauce

Course Condiment
Cuisine Americana
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1/4 c tomato paste
  • 1/4 c molasses
  • 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda This helps cut the acidity from the tomato.
  • 2 tsp arrowroot powder
  • water as needed


  • Mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a saucepan, EXCEPT ARROWROOT POWDER
  • Heat the sauce over medium-high heat until it begins to simmer
  • Reduce heat and simmer for a good 18 to 20 minutes
  • In a small bowl mix the arrowroot powder and 2 Tbsp water to make a slurry
  • Add the arrowroot slurry to the sauce and simmer for 1 minute to thicken


This recipe produces roughly 2 cups of sauce. If you want to thicken your barbecue sauce even more, feel free to increase the amount of arrowroot slurry. This recipe is intended to create a medium thickness, but make it the way you would want it. 😉

Chad Groetsch

To be honest, there's a ton of stuff - not all of it rosy - about me on the internet so there's nothing new to say here. I like food and sharing my recipes.

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