Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil Club

The Best BBQ Sauce

The Best BBQ Sauce

This sweet and tangy sauce is great on ribs as well as roast chicken—and it makes a terrific topping for your favorite style of burger!


  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar, such as Vinagre de Touriga Nacional
  • 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons powdered yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated, or 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger


Step 1

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and stir to mix.

Step 2

Bring to a boil, and then lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Yields about 4 cups