• Mario's Kick-Ass Barbecue Sauce

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    Mario's Kick-Ass Barbecue Sauce
    Prep: 10 min Cook: 30 min Servings: 3
    by Robyn Savoie
    381 recipes
    This sauce recipe deserves 5 stars! I adapted the original recipe by adding the zest from the fresh orange and lemon. Also used coarse-grain brown mustard instead of Dijon; your preference. Finally, my hot sauce of choice is Cholula plain but I think the lime flavored would work great too. I Shanghai'd this recipe and the attached barbecue sauce from Mario Batali's cookbook "Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style" published in 2006.


    • 1 Medium Onion, Minced
    • 6 Whole Garlic Cloves, Minced
    • 2 Cups Ketchup
    • 2 Large Fresh Oranges, Juiced - Zest 1 Orange Before Juicing
    • 2 Large Fresh Lemons, Juiced - Zest 1 Lemon Before Juicing
    • 1/4 Cup Water
    • 2 Tbs. Red Wine Vinegar
    • 2 Tbs. Tomato Paste
    • 2 Tbs. Honey
    • 2 Tbs. Packed Brown Sugar
    • 2 Tbs. Molasses
    • 2 Tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
    • 2 Tbs. Coarse-Grain Brown Mustard
    • 1 Tbs. Chili Powder
    • 1 Tsp. Liquid Smoke
    • 1 Tsp. Ground Cumin
    • 1 Tbs. Cholula Hot Sauce
    • 1 Pinch Ground Cinnamon
    • 1 Pinch Ground Clove


    1. In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, mix all the ingredients together and bring to a boil over medium heat.
    2. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
    3. If you prefer a smooth sauce, add sauce to a blender and blend until smooth or use a hand held emulsion blender.
    4. Let cool and serve or keep cold in a refrigerator or ice-filled cooler for up to 1 week.

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    • nnonna2003
      I love to go to the barbecue.....must try.
      • ShaleeDP
        This looks promising!

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