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Kettle of cookbookinabox Bar-B-Que Sauce

Spring Time: Maple Mesquite Bar-B-Que Sauce

Julia Ann
A savory sauce to use for barbecuing on chicken, beef, pork or lamb. A sweet piquant sauce to use as a condiment on sandwiches, eggs or fried potatoes, kick up sloppy joes a notch.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course sauce/condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 6 cups


  • 4 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce light sodium
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoon mesquite liquid smoke


  • Put all ingredients in a large kettle, with a wire whisk, blend together.
  • Cover and heat the sauce on medium heat to boiling.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Whisk frequently to prevent sticking or burning. The sauce will become thicker and darker in color.
  • Wipe the underside of the lid to prevent some of the moisture from dropping into the sauce.
  • Remove from heat.


The maple syrup and/or mesquite liquid smoke could be omitted for a milder flavored barbecue sauce is preferred. Putting the hot sauce in 3 pint jars will seal the lids. Allow to cool to room temperature and store in the refrigerator.   
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