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Ollie Gates's Barbecue Sauce


This recipe for barbecue sauce is from Ollie Gates, owner of Gates Bar-B-Q in Kansas City.

  • Yield: Makes 3 quarts


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons celery seed
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ground red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 quarts ketchup
  • 2 cups apple vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. In a small bowl, mix together sugar, salt, celery seed, cumin, red pepper, and garlic and chili powders. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add dry ingredients, and mix well. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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  • daybreakfive
    27 AUG, 2009
    the very best sauce I have ever made.My family loves this sauce, we use it on chicken, ribs, porkchops. I have used this recipe since seeing it in TV. What a find! I have been recently diagnose with high blood pressure so I donn n n n n n t as much salt as I used to, sometimes I add a little garlic powder but that is the only addition II have made over the may years of making this sauce. Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you