Homemade Chicken and Rib Sauce Recipe

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There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of sinking your teeth into tender chicken or succulent ribs smothered in a rich, flavorful sauce. This chicken and rib sauce has been a family favourite for decades and I guarantee will elevate your next barbecue! I can promise you that once you try this sauce you won’t even consider using store bought barbeque sauceever again.

Tools and Ingredients


  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • medium saucepan
  • whisk
  • a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.


  • Ketchup (the cheaper the better)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Molasses
  • Brown Sugar
  • Liquid Smoke
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt and Peper

Time Line

If making ribs:

2pm: Place ribs in a large stock pot or dutch oven with a splash of apple cider vinegar and water to cover the ribs and bring to a boil. Simmer on low for 40 minutes.

2:10pm: Pour all ingredients for the rib sauce into a medium pot, mix and bring to a simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Mixing and scraping the bottom of the pot regularly to prevent burning. You will notice that the sauce will thicken

2:40pm Drain ribs and remove the sauce from heat. Preheat oven to 320F

2:45: On a foil lined baking sheet lay out the ribs and cover with half the sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 2.5-3 hours.

Set aside the remaining sauce for once the ribs are removed from the oven.

If using with chicken:

the night before: Prepare the sauce by simmering all ingredients in a medium pot for 30 minutes, stirring often and scraping the bottom to prevent burning. Place in a jar or container in the fridge.

When ready to cook the chicken brush the chicken with the cooled sauce. Then bake until cooked through. Set some of the sauce aside for dipping or coating after the chicken is cooked.

Yield: 2 1/2 cups

Chicken and Rib Sauce

Chicken and Rib Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 1 1/2 tsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan
  2. Bring to a simmer on low and allow to simmer 30 minutes. Stir often scraping the bottom of the pan with a spatulla or wooden spoon.
  3. Allow to cool or use warm.

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