BBQ Sauce Recipe – Nonkie’s BBQ Sauce

The ultimate BBQ Sauce Recipe

You can’t get much more simple and delicious than this BBQ sauce recipe, and it is good for BBQ, or smoking your favorite beast.

The “Nonkie” in the title is what my nieces and nephews call me (“Nonc” in Cajun French means “uncle”).  So, when I make my sauce, I usually write on the mason jar I store it in “Nonkie’s Spicy (or not so Spicy) BBQ Sauce.”


  • 16 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons worcheshire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh cracked black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder



  • Throw all the stuff and things in a sauce pan.
  • Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

If you don’t use all of it, it keeps well in the fridge for a while, and due to the acidity, it probably cans pretty well.  If you so desire, you can adjust the amount of spice, or sugar for a more tangy or sweet sauce.  If I’ll be using it for a mixed group of kids and adults, I’ll dial down the heat a little.  I’ve always thought of a recipe is a good starting point, so adjust to your family’s liking.

If you’ll be using this sauce for smoking for long periods of time, then I would suggest either:

  1. Adding the sauce to the meat after the meat is done smoking; or adding it to the meat the last 25-30 minutes of the smoke; or
  2. Removing the added sugar from the recipe, because the sugar will caramelize and/or burn if exposed to heat for long periods of time (and there is already some sugar in the Ketchup).

If interested in a good dry rub recipe, see Dry Rub Recipe for Smoking or BBQ

If you want to see this sauce in action, see:

BBQ Sauce Recipe

Whenever you use this recipe at a gathering, call it Nonkie Sauce, and see how many strange looks you get.

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