Smoked Barbeque Sauce

Country music group Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman shares her recipe for Southern-style, smoky barbeque sauce.
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Cook time: 20 minutes | Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups ketchup
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup steak sauce
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon ground celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke


Heat the vegetable oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook about 5 minutes. Stir in ketchup, water, vinegar, brown sugar, steak sauce, Worcestershire, molasses, mustard, celery seed and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the onion is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the liquid smoke. Strain the sauce, pressing on the solids to extract any liquid.

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