Memphis Barbecue Sauce – A Wonderful Thing

This wonderful barbecue sauce is the perfect compliment to pork, beef or chicken. A sweet and tangy sauce with a touch of spice that will become your summer favorite..
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Sauce, Best BBQ Sauce, Memphis BBQ Sauce
Servings: 48 tablespoons
Calories: 24
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan


  • 2 cups ketchup Heinz or Hunts
  • 1/4-1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons celery salt
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Combine in a non-reactive saucepan with a glass lid : 2 cups Heinz or Hunts Ketchup, 1/4-1/2 cup yellow mustard, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon black pepper, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoon celery salt, 2 teaspoons liquid smoke, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • Place over medium-high heat, stirring aggressively until starting to boil being careful to avoid splatter. This stuff is thick and will burn you.
  • Reduce heat to low and cover with a glass lid so you can see the action
  • Occasionally remove from heat and stir well. Please be sure to remove from heat before stirring to prevent splattering and burns.
  • Simmer for about 30 minutes.


Pro Tips:

  1. The use ketchup you love. I like Heinz or Hunts only.
  2. Adjust the mustard to your taste.  A full 1/2 cup will give a heavy mustard taste. I usually use 3/8 cup.
  3. The heat (spiciness) here is about 3/10 with 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Adjust to your taste.
  4. Good in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. Probably a lot longer but not tested.
  5. Spoon some into small baggies and freeze for 3-4 months.


Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.2mg