Bub City KC BBQ Sauce

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Bub City KC BBQ Sauce

Loaded with ingredients like honey, molasses, and even xantham gum, this recipe earns its mother restaurant, Bub City in Chicago, serious praise. 

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Deliver Ingredients
1 1/2 quarts of barbecue sauce


  • 1 1/2 Cup water
  • 3 Cups light corn syrup
  • 1 Cup tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 Cup white vinegar
  • 1 Cup cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1 Cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 Teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon hickory smoke powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon xantham gum


In a heavy-bottom stockpot, add in the all of the ingredients, except for the hickory smoke powder and xantham gum.

Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer —  the sauce should slowly reduce over time. Simmer for 4 hours, stirring occasionally until so the bottom of the pot does not burn.

Taste for seasonings, the sauce should have a caramelized sweetness to it. Whisk in the hickory smoked powder and xantham gum. Carefully blend with a hand blender. Cool and reserve.  

BBQ Shopping Tip

To add lots of flavor without a whole lot of fuss, try purchasing some steak seasoning.

BBQ Cooking Tip

If you're cooking something that's been marinated, make sure to pat the item dry before it hits the grill. Any sugar in the marinade will burn.