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This is a recipe for Texas BBQ Sauce. This sauce has been passed down through generations of Texan's. It's sweet, tangy, and perfect for dipping your favorite food into!

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How to make texas bbq sauce

This Texas BBQ sauce is a rich sauce that is perfect served on just about any BBQ you’ve got cooking on the grill or smoker. Drizzle it on smoked brisket, or spoon it over some ribs, you’ll fall in love with this sauce after the first bite.

Twp-image collage of Texas BBQ sauce in a mason jar and the same sauce being poured over sliced brisket. Text overaly reads: Homemade Texas Style BBQ Sauce.

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Texas Style BBQ Sauce

Now before we get going on this recipe, a quick note about this BBQ sauce. We KNOW that if BBQ is good, it doesn’t need sauce (especially in Texas), but this sauce might be the exception. It provides the most amazing flavor to all your grilled and smoked meats, so make sure to try it before you count it out.

What Does Texas Style BBQ Sauce Taste Like?

With no liquid smoke and a smooth tangy sweet flavor, this Texas style sauce compliments perfectly smoked brisket and ribs, without overpowering them. This is a sauce designed to be your barbecue’s BFF.

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Most barbecue sauces are ketchup based and sweetened with molasses and brown sugar. This Texas sauce takes a slight turn with a tomato paste base and a honey/brown sugar combo. The result is a sauce that is slightly thinner than most sticky sweet BBQ sauces and has a more robust tomato flavor. It may be different than what you’re accustomed to in a traditional BBQ sauce, but once you pair it with my Texas Style Brisket, you may never go back to your old BBQ sauce.

Onions sauteeing in a saucepan.

Ingredients for Texas BBQ Sauce

This BBQ sauce requires a handful of ingredients, but believe me when I say it’s well worth the effort. To begin melt butter over medium-high heat and sauté onions and garlic in a medium saucepan.

Next, add the following to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and allow the sauce to simmer for 20-25 minutes.

  • Tomato paste
  • Water
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Lemon juice
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • Chili powder
  • Celery salt
  • Coriander
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

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This sauce can be used as-is or blended to a smooth consistency. I recommend storing any unused sauce in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Texas style BBQ sauce boiling in a saucepan.

Tips for Making Texas BBQ Sauce

Here are some quick tips for making this Texas style BBQ sauce you should take note of before diving into the recipe.

  • Soften the onions. For a great final texture in the sauce, take the few minutes in the beginning to cook the onions and garlic in butter. It also makes a huge difference in flavor.
  • Reduce the sauce. Don’t skimp on the simmering step! The sauce will start out very thin, but gently thickens over the 25 minute simmer. This simmer time also helps all of the flavors meld together.
  • Puree. Or not. If you like a little texture to your sauce, serve it as is. If you want a perfectly smooth sauce, let it cool completely and then puree in the blender.
  • Don’t rush it. This sauce is actually BETTER the next day. Place the finished sauce in an airtight container and refrigerate overnight before using.

Fancy yourself a connoisseur of BBQ sauce? Try out these other popular BBQ sauce recipes from around the U.S.

  • Kansas City BBQ Sauce
  • Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce
  • Alabama White Sauce

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