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1920s Classic Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Created in the 1920s, this is an old classic barbecue sauce recipe that has stood the test of time. A century later and it's still a great recipe! If you like this, you will love our complete murder mystery party theme page!

1920s Classic Barbecue Sauce Recipe
1920s Classic BBQ Sauce Recipe

1920's Classic Barbecue Sauce Recipe


~ 1 tsp Brown Sugar

~ 1 tsp Chili Powder

~ 1 tsp Black Pepper

~ 1 tsp Salt

~ 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

~ 1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce

~ 1 cup Hot Water

~ 1 Onion, small - minced

~ 2 Garlic Cloves - minced

~ 2 Tbs Vinegar (most likely Cider)

~ 1 Tbs Flour

~ 3 Tbs Ketchup

~ 1 tsp Curry Powder

~ 1 tsp Dry Mustard

~ 1/2 tsp Tabasco Sauce

~ Juice of 1 lemon or 2 limes


  1. Combine all in saucepan. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until blended well.

  2. Pour over, and baste with, pork (ribs were what was written, but would be good over most any cut).

Note: For any other meat, add 1/2 cup butter and/or bacon drippings. Pork does not need the fat (My own feeling on this is, with our new, lean pork, the fat would help. The old timey pork had much more fat than it does now).

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