Week 1 | Recipe 1: Sweet Baby Ray’s knockoff BBQ Sauce

Week 1 | Recipe 1: Sweet Baby Ray’s knockoff BBQ Sauce

Jeffrey has a secret and much coveted dry rub for his rib recipe- he {we/I} like to indulge from time to time, and the other day, we had a hankering for some ribs.
We had all the ingredients for the ribs…until we didn’t- we were missing barbecue sauce, and we {he} realized it right before the ribs came out of the oven for their final bought of cooking.

I immediately went to my “usual” place- PINTEREST!
Found this gem- and made it- ate it- it was delicious! No really, it was delicious!

Homemade Barbecue Sauce….Just Like Sweet Baby Ray

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Total time: 10 minutes

Yields: about 2 1/2 cups


  • 1 1/4 cups ketchup, preferably organic
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice (or you can sub apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon worchestire sauce
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use less if you don’t like the heat)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 cold water mixed with 1 tablespoon corn starch (optional)


Combine all the ingredients except the water and corn starch mixture in a medium size sauce pot. Bring to a boil and reduce and simmer for five minutes or until all the sugar has dissolved. If you like a thicker BBQ Sauce add the water and corn starch mixture. Simmer until desired thickness is reached, but watch closely. It thickens really fast! Serve immediately or cover and store in fridge.

*All credit goes here– I just showed up at the website and had the ingredients.*

Well ya’ll, that was the first of 52 recipes… are you ready? I’m excited!
The recipes will vary, the length will vary, and truth is- I hope they all turn out as good as this one did!

Happy eating!


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