Memphis barbecue sauce on ribs that are being cooked on a grill
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Easy and Fast Memphis Barbecue Sauce Recipe

This Fast Memphis Barbecue Sauce recipe comes together in minutes! I grew up with this recipe and will always use it on my barbecue! This bbq sauce does come together in minutes but the longer you let it simmer the better it is. My mom got this recipe from a very old cookbook. She and my dad received it as a gift when they were married. As the years went on the page with the bbq sauce recipe was harder to read. The page was splattered from sauce. My parents always used this recipe as their go to bbq sauce. I am the youngest and have three brothers and three sisters. When we barbecued we made quite a bit. There were a lot of mouths to feed!


What I love about this Fast Memphis Barbecue Sauce recipe is that the sugars will caramelize when in the broiler or on the grill. The sugar in cooking on the grill adds so much flavor to the barbecue! I use this sauce with the Pulled Pork in the Oven recipe. The sauce will definitely caramelize in the broiler with that recipe.

Make more for later

I usually make a bit more of the Fast Memphis Barbecue Sauce because my family likes to use it for dipping and for sandwiches. Chicken fingers, hot dogs, you name it and they put it on it! You can also adjust the heat and sweetness to your liking! I hope you and your family like the bbq sauce as much as mine does.

Heat. Spicy or not?

The spice in this recipe is entirely up to you and your guests tastes. My family has come to like a bit of heat in their barbecue. This recipe tastes great with or without heat. You can split the batch of sauce if you have family or guests with different levels of love for spice!

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Memphis barbecue sauce on ribs that are being cooked on a grill

Fast Memphis Barbecue Sauce

This Fast Memphis Barbecue Sauce that comes together in minutes! I grew up with this recipe and will always use it on my barbecue!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue sauce cleveland cooking, bbq sauce cleveland cooking, easy bbq sauce, memphis bbq sauce, memphis bbq sauce cleveland cooking, quick bbq sauce
Servings: 1 recipe
Calories: 580kcal


  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 3/4 cup of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of yellow mustard or 1 tablespoon of powdered mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt


  • Combine all ingredients in a pan and simmer for 5-7 minutes while stirring occasionally.


Serving: 1 recipe | Calories: 580kcal | Carbohydrates: 128g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 3447mg | Potassium: 1431mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 93g | Vitamin A: 1288IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 6mg
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