Barbecue season is here! I’ve been whisking this sweet smokey barbecue sauce together for years but not writing down the ingredients. Writing down ingredients was a habit it took a while to develop. Except for baking, I seldom ever made notes let alone measured everything. This one was worth the extra time. I love this recipe. Use this for the usual wild game, beef, pork, chicken, upland game birds, waterfowl. And then don’t forget vegetables and as a dipping sauce. You can add this to baked beans and use it instead of ketchup on your burgers and hotdogs.

Don’t like the smokey flavor at all? You can use plain paprika or another barbecue sauce recipe.

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If you aren’t a fan of smokey flavor you may exchange the smoked paprika for plain. Like smoke but it’s too much? Try half smokey, half plain. Adjust it to suit your tastes. If you’re unsure, add the paprika last, starting with the smoked, and then add the rest with plain. Creating recipes is basically an experiment. What works? What doesn’t? Adjust it here or there.

Sweet Smokey Barbecue Sauce

Sweet Smokey Barbeque Sauce

Sweet, a little smokey, savory. Sweet Smokey Barbecue Sauce is an all-purpose sauce for grilling as well as baking.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, barbecue sauce, bbq, sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Author Robin Follette


  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Mix all ingredients together. That’s it. You don’t need to heat the sauce until you use it. This stores well in the fridge for up to a month.


Exchange smoked paprika for plain paprika, or split the amount of smoked and plain to suit your tastes.
You can add 1/4 cup chopped onions if you’d like.
This recipe multiplies well.
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