Kansas City BBQ Sauce
In Kansas City, barbecue is slathered with a thick, sweet, smoky, and sticky tomato-based sauce. Bottled sauces aren't bad, but the homemade version is tastier and easier than you think.
Why This Recipe Works
Our Kansas City BBQ Sauce recipe combines the usual sauce ingredients—ketchup, vinegar, molasses, hot sauce, mustard—with two unexpected ingredients: dark corn syrup and root beer, which give our barbecue sauce the sticky, sweet, and smoky characteristics. But beware: We found that our Kansas City BBQ Sauce recipe burns very quickly and should not be used over direct heat when grilling.