Sweet & Smokey BBQ Sauce


½ cup apple cider vinegar
6 T packed brown sugar
¼ cup molasses
¼ cup honey
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
2 T rum (white or dark)
2 T yellow mustard
2  T liquid smoke
1 T ground red chile pepper
2 T freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 t ground allspice
2 cups ketchup
2 cups Big John’s Ol West BBQ & Dippin Sauce (sold at Unger Meats) or your fav bbq sauce


  1. Mix the first twelve ingredients together in a heavy saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until sauce is smooth and the brown sugar is dissolved, approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in ketchup and BBQ sauce and bring back up to a boil.
  4. Then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is dark and thickened, approximately 30 minutes.

This is a great all-round BBQ sauce. Use it right away or cool to room temperature then transfer to jars or containers and refrigerate. The sauce will keep for several months in the fridge.