Kansas City Rib Sauce

According to Derrick Riches at About.com, “This is a rich, thick, tomato based barbecue sauce recipe often associated these days as Kansas City Style. You get that traditional combination of sweet with a touch of heat in a dark and thick tomato sauce.” I’ve made some modifications to the recipe below by removing a tbsp of cayenne and swapping the proportions of chili powder and paprika, but you can find the original here.  And I’ve got to say that I love using ketchup as a raw ingredient…

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Makes about 2 cups


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar (I used Heinz white vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (or enough to sauté the garlic)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


Heat oil in a saucepan. Add garlic and sauté until brown. Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes or until thickened.