Mustard Barbecue Sauce

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Introduction: Mustard Barbecue Sauce

Mustard barbecue sauce is (in my opinion) the best kind to put on barbecue. I'm not the biggest fan of most red tomato/ketchup based sauces because they can be so sweet or faux-smoked. Mustard barbecue sauce has much more range! You can have it with a nice vinegar bite or super spicy, or you can tone it down with brown sugar until it's almost more like a honey mustard. 

I had my first taste of mustard barbecue sauce at Mark's Feed Store in Louisville, KY about ten years ago. I have been addicted since. I tried my best to create something a little similar to theirs but I might just need to order a bottle. :D

Step 1: Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon worchestershire
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • pinch of celery seeds
So this is what I went with! I originally left out the celery seeds, but after tasting the Mark's Original sauce against mine, I realized that was a big part of what it was missing. You could also use celery salt, I'm sure - it might even work better!

Step 2: Mix It All in a Bowl

Seriously, that's it. Combine everything, mix and it's done!

I'd recommend starting with two tablespoons of sugar and working your way up. You can also start with a little less vinegar if you're not big on it. :D

This is not a barbecue sauce you'll need to cook. This does mean that it's best the next day, however - the flavors need to mingle overnight in the fridge. You can definitely choose to simmer it, but I wouldn't do it longer than five minutes or so, because it's already quite thick.

Step 3: Taste and Then Put It in the Fridge

After it's all mixed, do a taste test and alter as necessary. :D

Then pour it into a jar or squeeze bottle and store in the fridge. I've only ever had it around for a week, so I can't speak to how long it'll last, but it's so good that I hope it won't survive your next cookout or bbq!


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Cool I make something EXACTLY like this

Cut the yellow mustard in half with honey mustard for a sweeter less strong yellow mustard version.

I'm on my third batch of this, it's as good a it sounds, if not better. I just dipped my sweet potato fries in it with dinner. Tasty.

If you're using a tomato-based sauce on pulled pork or pork ribs, you're making a huge mistake. This sauce is fantastic and should be used on every piece of BBQ pork you ever make.

Thanks for this recipe. I made this (substituted dark brown sugar for the light brown, since it was what I had on hand) and it was a hit with my husband and our 8 yr. old daughter, who declared it "yummy" :)

It works. Carefully balance the sugar and vinegar depending upon the taste of your Mustard Sauce.

Oh my, this sounds great! My hubby is not a fan of sauces, but I think he'll be unable to resist this one! :)

Okay, I made some yesterday...and for lunch today we just dipped rolls into it! So yummy and my kids love it! Thanks!

Awesome! I just got on hoping i'd find a mustard sauce recipe. Can't wait to try it out! A nice addition is to mix in some hog drippings. Super tasty!

Sounds great. I'm in love with a similar mustard sauce from Blue Ribbon BBQ (Newton & Arlington MA) that I've been trying to replicate using similar ingredients. I never thought of ketchup or celery seeds. One thing I've tried that adds a little smokey sweetness is to use molasses instead of just brown sugar.