Tried and True Barbecue Sauce (bastardized by pete), is based on a the recipe from Paul Kirk’s Championship Barbecue Sauces.

Awesome all around BBQ sauce.


  • 2 tablespoons Master Barbecue Spice* (this is a recipe, to follow.. but any rub (such as Magic dust) will do).
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce (i use ketchup instead)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • >> I add several shots of dry mustard powder and cayenne.


Combine all dry ingredients except the sugar in a saucepan. Add tomato sauce, vinegar and sugar. Mix well and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and let simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally (and season to taste). This sauce is a good finishing sauce for any meat, or a good dipping sauce. I will attest its great for chicken nuggets and pulled pork sammiches alike.


You cannot screw this one up. I’ve tried and it still comes out great.

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