Marinades, Sauces, Rubs & Salsas

Lemon Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

This sweet sauce gets a little tang from the lemon juice. If you’re cooking the ribs on a gas grill and want to compensate, the Liquid Smoke will help, but the sauce is fine without it.

It can be refrigerated for several weeks.


Lemon Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: 3 cups


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • ½ cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoky seasoning, such as Liquid Smoke (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard, such as Colman's
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Recipe Steps

Combine the ingredients (including the Liquid Smoke, if desired) in a medium nonreactive saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until a thick sauce forms. Taste, and add lemon juice as necessary. Transfer the sauce to a bowl or clean jar and let it cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

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