I found this recipe from mom’s friend Anne Reed in mom’s recipe box after she passed away. On the back of the card, Ann wrote: “Delicious with ribs, beef, ham or chicken. I have been making this for 20 years and it is special in our house.” It’s very easy to make, with just the right balance of spice and sweet. Delicious in our BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Pulled Pork Sandwiches and on barbecued chicken.


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Oklahoma BBQ Sauce Recipe

  • Yield: Makes just over 1 quart


(From “Fresh Tastes from A Well-Seasoned Kitchen” by Lee Clayton Roper)


  • 2 1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. In a large saucepan, stir together the tomato juice, onion, garlic powder and celery seed. Bring to a boil, reduce to medium and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add butter, stirring until melted. Stir in remaining ingredients.


Make ahead: According to Ann, the sauce will keep indefinitely, covered and refrigerated.


Lee Clayton Roper


I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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