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Let’s take a closer look at a delicious Texas BBQ sauce recipe that you’ll love keeping on hand.

Texas is well known as one of the barbecue capitals of the country. If you’re a fan of beef barbecue, Texas-style BBQ is definitely for you. But what makes Texas BBQ sauce, Texan?

Texas BBQ Sauce in glass container.
Texas BBQ Sauce pairs beautifully with beef.

What is Texas barbecue?

The first thing most people think of when they think of Texas barbecue is smoked brisket. However, the barbecue of Texas is as diverse as the entire country.

East Texas is known for chopped beef and pork sandwiches. South Texas is known for mesquite barbecue, while Central Texas is known for oak wood-smoked meats.

The state is also known for sausages made with beef and black pepper. While pork is served, beef is king in Texas.

What flavor profile does a Texas BBQ sauce have?

What flavors can you expect with Texas-style Barbecue sauce?

Texas BBQ sauce is boldly flavored. The inclusion of cumin, chili powder, and cayenne create a spicy, smoky combo that pairs beautifully with beef. Some sauces also include meat drippings and may be thinner.

Closeup shot of Texas BBQ Sauce
You can tell this Texas BBQ sauce is loaded with spices.

What can you put this barbecue sauce on?

This barbecue sauce is made with beef in mind. Add it to your brisket, smoked beef ribs, sliced beef sandwiches, etc. You could also get wild and add it to a smoked meatloaf.

What are the ingredients to make Texas BBQ Sauce?

Don’t let the amount of ingredients scare you. Chances are you have most of these ingredients on hand. You’ll need the following:

Texas BBQ Sauce Ingredients.
Simple but delicious ingredients.

How do you make Texas BBQ Sauce?

The hardest part of making this Texas Barbecue sauce is measuring the ingredients. Everything else is so simple. You literally place the ingredients into a saucepan, bring to a boil and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until thickened.

Ingredients in saucepan.
Combine all the ingredients of this bbq sauce in a saucepan.

Once thickened, allow to cool, and then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Thickened Texas BBQ Sauce.
Cook until the BBQ sauce thickens.
Finished Texas BBQ Sauce.
Doesn’t the bbq sauce look delicious?

If you are looking for an easier bbq sauce recipe, then check out my 3 ingredient BBQ sauce.

Texas BBQ Sauce

Homemade Texas BBQ sauce recipe that you’ll love keeping on hand.
3.72 from 7 votes
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Course: BBQ, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Texas BBQ Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 33kcal
Author: Mark Rogers


  • 2 ½ cups ketchup
  • ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne more if you like


  • Whisk together all the ingredients in a small saucepan until combined 2. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, reduce heat and simmer on low for 10-15 minutes or until thickened
  • Remove from heat and cool. Transfer to air tight container
  • Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks


The best flavors develop after you store for 24 hours.


Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 593IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

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