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Our Secret Family BBQ Sauce

This recipe has been in our family for as far back as anyone can remember. Everytime I make it I am transported back in time to when I was a child. My cousins and I playing in my grandparent’s front yard as the smell of BBQ traveled through the air. The memory I have of my Grandpa manning the brick BBQ grill under a 100 year old oak. As the years went on we took on more responsibility, such as sliding back the lid so Grandpa could tend to the chicken. Then we were promoted to adding the white coals by the shovel full to the pit. At last we were able to make this sauce with our Grandmother by our side, tasting to see if we were adding just enough pepper sauce.

Today with electronics trying to get 100% of our attention, we often overlook or forget the simple things in life.  Bringing the recipe into your home will remind you to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Plan a family BBQ or one day a week have your family disconnect from internet, eat BBQ and connect with a fun activity.

This recipe card is from 1979, however this family recipe is much older. As you can tell with all the stains, rips and creases, this recipe has been used more times than one can count. It represents family. Now we pass one of our family traditions to you and your family. By bringing this recipe into your home you now become part of the Southern Fellow family. Welcome home!

Our Secret BBQ Sauce

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ, BBQ sauce, Feed the Band, ketchup, mustard, onion, Southern Fellow, vinegar
Servings: 2 quarts


  • 4 cups ketchup We only use Heinz
  • 1 + 3tbsp cup mustard
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 5 tbsp worcheshire sauce
  • 3/4 box brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 stick butter
  • pepper sauce to taste
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 onions thinly sliced


  • In a medium pot over medium heat add the butter.
  • Once the butter has melted add the remainder of the ingredients.
  • Reduce heat and let simmer until onions are clear. This takes about 20 minutes. Remove from heat.

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