Memphis-Style Barbecue Sauce Recipe


Memphis city prefers their rub “dry”, therefore, there’s actually no traditional Memphis-style barbecue sauce. However, rules are made to be broken. You can find, in fact, some certain kinds of Memphis barbecue sauce available. As one of the most BBQ-crazed city, Memphis-style barbecue sauce comes with the classic tomato sauce base. It’s usually a mixture of sweet and vinegar, and comes relatively thinner.


Memphis-style barbecue sauce is something pretty easy to make. You can simply prepare your own sauce at home instead of buying these bottles in supermarket.


The ingredients you need are as follows:

2 cups ketchup

2/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup yellow mustard

1/2 cup water

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp paprika

2 tbsp minced garlic

2 tbsp chopped onion

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp molasses

1/2 tbsp black pepper

2 tbsp butter


Firstly, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, then add the garlic, stirring occasionally until fragrant. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer over medium heat for 20-30 min, stirring occasionally to have the ingredients blended well.


Remove the sauce from heat then, let it rest.


When the sauce cools down to room temperature, transfer the sauce to a jar. You can use it right away, or store it in a fridge for the use in future.


It is suggested to use the sauce within a few weeks, but no longer than a month.


Many American stomachs prefer the taste of sweet, sour and a little spicy, and that’s why this barbecue sauce is becoming more and popular, especially in the south ofAmerica. Try this Memphis-style barbecue sauce and give your next barbecue meat an appealing hue!