Looking for a classic Kansas City BBQ Sauce recipe to make at home? There is none better than you’ll find at Gates Bar-B-Q in Kansas City.
John Padgett cooks Southern BBQ farther South than most people: in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
He opened a restaurant there focused on BBQ and worked to develop a range of sauces to compliment the pork.
He shared his Kansas City-style barbecue sauce with us, along with the story of how it was created:
“I’m a big mustard guy, myself, and my second favorite was always pure cider vinegar with red pepper flakes and salt; however, when I found a Kansas City recipe with ketchup (not overwhelming amounts) and cayenne, it won me over. In fact, that sauce was one of the favorites in the restaurant.
“When I began researching and testing recipes for the restaurant, I knew we wanted several varieties of sauces. Because the concept was Southern BBQ and the customer got to choose what kind of sauce he wanted, we called the restaurant The Naked Pig BBQ: “We Leave The Dressing To You.” (I sold more T-shirts than food, lol.)
“I knew all about NC, SC, and Tennessee sauces and dry rubs, but not too much in the way of Kansas City-style sauces. I had always heard that their sauces had a kick to them, so after testing several, I fell upon one that closely resembles Gates Bar-B-Q, and the rest was history.
“It was the perfect blend, and it went really well with the coleslaw I made, which resembled Memphis style slaw.”
Enjoy John’s classic homemade Gates Bar-B-Q style Kansas City BBQ sauce recipe:
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup salt
- 2 tablespoons celery seeds
- 2 tablespoons cumin, ground
- 2 tablespoons ground red pepper, (cayenne)
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 quarts ketchup
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- 1 ½ teaspoons liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Simply mix the ingredients together and enjoy.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 80 Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 40Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 590mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g
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