Mustard Barbecue Sauce




Introduction: Mustard Barbecue Sauce

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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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16 Discussions

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! :)

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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.

this looks AMAZING! I'm low on mustard right now but otherwise I would definitely whip it up. I will be making this by tomorrow, for sure!

this sounds solo good

It definitely looks good! I will have to try it sometime.

I'm more of a North Carolina vinegar based BBQ guy, but this looks wonderful and, honestly, Mark's on Bardstown is pretty tasty so I'd be foolish to dismiss it. Cheers!

Must really try this as I'm not a fan of ketchup based sauces. I think I might use a light wite wine vinegar though, I've got at least 5 fruit or herb infused wine vinegar bottles and I don't really feel like adding another one to them.
Thank you so much for this lovely sauce! :)