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A Texas Barbecue Sauce Recipe...

Is traditionally a bold, spicy, homemade barbecue sauce recipe. A Texas barbecue sauce recipe reflects the diverse cultures that tamed that wild territory.

Developed mostly by the ranch cooks, and "chuck wagon" cowboy cooks with cattle drives, Texas barbecue sauce ingredients included basic spices, available indigenous peppers, and often boiled black coffee when the trail water was suspect.

Texas is the birthplace of the American cattle ranch ("station" or "run", for non-American speakers). Texas is beef, and the recipes have evolved to compliment their love for the "brisket".

Texans barbecue beef over a low heat, slow roasted over hardwood coals (mesquite, hickory, etc.) for many hours. The "Cookin' Cousins" follow this tradition with the belief that...

"Barbecue is the Mystical Communion of Fire, Smoke and Meat".

Pick one of our favorite barbecue sauce recipe choices to enhance your backyard barbecue fame, review our "6 Secrets to Smoking Meat" and follow our barbecue brisket recipe for a sure-fire way to barbecue success!


Old Time Texas Barbecue Sauce


  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup strong black coffee
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup hot chili peppers, minced*
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder (adds flavor without heat)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Simmer about 25-30 minutes, then puree in blender to help bring out all of the flavors.

Note:We prefer the dried chilies available in small plastic packages, found in most grocery stores today. When reconstituted in warm water (about 10-20 minutes) they provide a rich, smokey flavor that fresh chilies do not have.

A basic guide to the chili's used in a Texas barbecue sauce recipe, and their relative "heat factor":

  • Anaheim (mild)
  • Jalapeno (or the smoked version, Chipotle) (medium)
  • Serrano (medium-hot)
  • Cayenne (hot)
  • Habanero (hot)
  • Red Savina Habanero (blazing!)

Amarillo Barbecue Sauce


  • 1 can beer (any beer will do, but why not use your favorite?)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (Turbinado is our preference)
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup hot chili peppers, minced*
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp chile powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

Combine ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally.


Lone Star Barbecue Sauce


  • 16 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) beer
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs brown sugar (or turbinado)
  • 1/2 fresh onion - pureed, or 2 tbs onion powder
  • 6 fresh garlic cloves, minced or 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs coarse black pepper (preferably fresh ground)
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 1 tsp Tobasco sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke (this is optional as properly barbecued beef is its own reward!)
  • 1 tsp salt

Combine ingredients in a saucepan. Simmer about 25-30 minutes, then puree in blender to help bring out all of the wonderful flavors.





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