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glass bowl holding Oklahoma Barbecue Sauce with a basting brush in front, with sauce on it.

Oklahoma BBQ Sauce Recipe

Once you make this completely unique Oklahoma BBQ Sauce, you’ll be hooked. Full of deep, contrasting yet complementary flavors, it’s different than any other barbecue sauce you’ve had. Both sweet and tangy, I has just the right amount of spice from three different kinds of ground peppers. It’s been made hundreds of times, always comes out right – and has been a hit with everyone I’ve served it to. I’ve even received fan mail from Europe about this unique and pleasing BBQ sauce!

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Just over 1 quart 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free



(See gluten-free adaptations in the Notes section at the bottom of the recipe.)

  • 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.
  2. Remove from heat and add butter, stirring until melted. Stir in remaining ingredients.


Gluten free: Use gluten-free ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.

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

  • Author: From "Fresh Tastes from A Well-Seasoned Kitchen" by Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: Sauces, easy sides
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American