Memphis in May Championship Barbecue Sauce


  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 (8oz bottles) of hot mustard
  • 24 ozs tomato sauce
  • 1 (32oz) bottle of ketchup
  • 1 quart of red wine vinegar
  • 40 ozs of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 8 tsp brown sugar
  • 4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 4 tsp seasoning salt
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup liquid smoke
This sauce has won the world championship several times at the Memphis in May barbecue competition. This recipe makes a gallon plus of sauce. You may halve the recipe if desired.
  • Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Add mustard, tomato sauce, and ketchup.
  • Stir constantly, then add remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 30minutes.
  • Brush on meat at the end of cooking time then serve along side as a table sauce.
  • Sauce may be frozen for later use.

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