This is a recipe that I’ve fine-tuned over the years. It is a Kansas City BBQ sauce-meets-Kentucky BBQ sauce recipe. It’s perfectly sweet, spicy, and smoky!
When winter breaks and the weather starts to get warmer, it means grilling season is right around the corner.
To me, nothing is more American than barbecue. And with the BBQ comes the sauce!
Most sauces get their names from the regions they hail: North Carolina Vinegar Sauce, Lexington-Style Dip, South Carolina-Style Mustard Sauce, Texas-Style Mop or Basting Sauce, Kansas City-Style Sauce, Alabama White Sauce.
There are thousands of BBQ sauces out there. And like this Kentucky bbq sauce, they range in flavors from sweet to tangy to spicy to vinegary. Each sauces color is also as unique as its flavor. I like to sample them all: like a glass of fine wine, a mug of craft beer, or a sip of good whiskey.
Some sauces are keepers and others are real duds.
Tip: here is more info and tips on homemade BBQ sauce.
My Staple BBQ Sauce Recipe
I believe that every cook should have a feather to put in their cap. Something they call their own. This is a recipe that I’ve tweaked and fine-tuned over the years. It is a Kansas City BBQ sauce-meets-Kentucky BBQ sauce. The classic Coke & Brown Sugar with a hint of Bourbon is really what sets this recipe off. It is the perfect blend of sweet, a little spice, and even a little smoke.
The next time you grill ribs, chicken, or even a tenderloin, you will have this in your arsenal. So, invite family and friends, and fire up that grill or smoker. I promise they’ll be impressed when you tell them you made this Kentucky BBQ sauce yourself!
Kentucky Kandy BBQ Sauce
This is a recipe that I've fine-tuned over the years. It is a Kansas City BBQ sauce-meets-Kentucky BBQ sauce recipe. It's perfectly sweet, spicy, and smoky!
- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Active Time
- 20 minutes
- Total Time
- 30 minutes
- 20 ounces
- Estimated Cost
To begin making this Kentucky BBQ sauce, warm the oil over medium heat and add the garlic, chili power, cumin, and black pepper.
Cook for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly and remove from heat.
Whisk in the remaining ingredients, return to heat, and simmer for about 15-20 min, stirring occasionally.
For a smooth sauce, you can either blend it or pour through a strainer while still warm.
Let cool and refrigerate.
This Kentucky Kandy BBQ Sauce will keep for 30 days refrigerated in an airtight container (I use Ball Jars).
Do you have a favorite Kentucky or Kansas City style BBQ sauce recipe? Share it!