Basic BBQ Sauce

I know there are countless amazing recipes for barbecue sauce out there, and everyone has their own opinion about which is best, but I do think this one is a good place to start.  We found it in our Big Green Egg Cookbook and decided to make it because their baked beans call for 3 cups – and I was definitely making those. Plus, I now trust everything Egg-related. :)

Big Green Egg Basic Barbecue Sauce


  • 2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo (we didn’t have this, so I just used 1 tsp ground chipotle chili pepper)


  • Place the tomato sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar in a medium saucepan and mix well.

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  • Whisk the salt, pepper, celery seed, cinnamon, paprika, cloves, garlic powder, onion powder, and chipotle together in a small bowl until completely blended.

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  • Add to the saucepan and mix well.  Simmer the sauce over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the sauce thickens.  Remove chipotle, if used.
  • You can refrigerate in sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

This sauce was really good, but I think I’ll add more spicy and less tomato sauce next time to help balance out the sweet.  That’s totally personal preference though, so if you like sweet – go big!