Florida Barbecue Sauce Recipe - North American BBQ Sauce

Florida Barbecue Sauce

Florida Barbecue Sauce Recipe - North American BBQ Sauce
Region / culture: North America, USA | Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 25 minutes | Servings: 8


Florida Barbecue Sauce
Florida Barbecue Sauce

Florida Barbecue Sauce is a tangy and flavorful sauce that is perfect for basting and dipping grilled meats. This sauce has a unique combination of ingredients that give it a distinct flavor that is sure to impress your guests.


Florida Barbecue Sauce has its roots in traditional Southern barbecue sauces. It is believed to have originated in Florida, where it was developed as a way to add flavor and moisture to grilled meats. Over the years, the recipe has evolved to include a variety of ingredients that give it a unique and delicious taste.


How to prepare

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan made of stainless steel or enamelware, melt the butter. Add the remaining ingredients.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Use this sauce as a basting sauce for pork, chicken, and beef, and also as a table sauce. Transfer the homemade barbecue sauce into a glass or plastic jar by spooning or pouring it. Any leftover sauce can be refrigerated and kept for up to 2 or 3 weeks.


  • Add a splash of bourbon for a smoky flavor.
  • Substitute honey for the sugar for a sweeter sauce.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to use a stainless steel or enamelware saucepan to prevent the sauce from reacting with the metal.

- Adjust the amount of horseradish and sriracha to suit your taste preferences.

- For a spicier sauce, add more sriracha or a dash of hot sauce.

- Use this sauce as a basting sauce for pork, chicken, and beef for a delicious flavor boost.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this sauce with grilled pork ribs, chicken wings, or beef brisket.

- Use it as a dipping sauce for fried foods like chicken tenders or onion rings.

Cooking Techniques

Simmer the sauce uncovered to allow the flavors to meld together.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use regular vinegar if cider vinegar is not available.

- Use hot sauce instead of sriracha for a spicier sauce.

Make Ahead Tips

This sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the sauce in a small bowl with a basting brush for easy application.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair this sauce with a cold beer or a glass of sweet tea.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover sauce in a glass or plastic jar in the refrigerator.

- Reheat the sauce in a saucepan over low heat before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

120 per serving


12g per serving


8g per serving


1g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

This sauce is a good source of Vitamin C and Iron.


This recipe contains dairy (butter) and may contain soy (from Worcestershire sauce).


This Florida Barbecue Sauce is a flavorful addition to grilled meats and provides a good balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.


Florida Barbecue Sauce is a tangy and flavorful sauce that is perfect for basting and dipping grilled meats. With a unique combination of ingredients, this sauce is sure to impress your guests and add a delicious flavor to your barbecue dishes.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was immediately drawn to it. It was a hot summer day in Florida, and my dear friend Sarah invited me over for a barbecue at her home. As soon as I arrived, I could smell the delicious aroma of grilled meats and vegetables wafting through the air. The centerpiece of the meal was a succulent rack of ribs coated in a homemade barbecue sauce that Sarah had learned to make from her grandmother.

I watched in awe as Sarah skillfully basted the ribs with the rich, tangy sauce, her hands moving with practiced ease. The sauce itself was a deep reddish-brown color, with flecks of herbs and spices visible in the thick consistency. I couldn't wait to taste it and begged Sarah to share the recipe with me.

With a twinkle in her eye, Sarah agreed to show me how to make the sauce. She led me into her kitchen, where she had all the ingredients laid out neatly on the counter. As she began to explain the process to me, I listened intently, taking mental notes of each step she described.

The base of the sauce was ketchup, which provided a sweet and tangy flavor that would complement the smoky taste of the grilled meats perfectly. To this, Sarah added a generous amount of brown sugar for sweetness, as well as Worcestershire sauce for a savory depth of flavor. She also added a splash of apple cider vinegar for a touch of acidity, and a pinch of cayenne pepper for a subtle kick of heat.

As Sarah mixed the ingredients together in a saucepan and brought them to a simmer, the kitchen filled with the mouthwatering aroma of the barbecue sauce. I couldn't wait to taste it, and when she finally deemed it ready, she poured it into a small bowl and handed me a spoon.

I took a tentative taste of the sauce and was immediately blown away by the complex flavors. The sweetness of the ketchup and brown sugar blended beautifully with the tanginess of the Worcestershire sauce and vinegar. The cayenne pepper added just the right amount of heat, making the sauce both flavorful and spicy.

I knew then and there that I had to learn how to make this sauce for myself. Sarah kindly wrote down the recipe for me, and I vowed to practice making it until I had perfected the flavor. Over the next few weeks, I experimented with different combinations of ingredients and adjusted the ratios until I had created a barbecue sauce that was just as delicious as Sarah's.

I shared my creation with friends and family, who all raved about the flavor and begged me to make more. I even entered a barbecue sauce competition at the local county fair and won first place with my Florida Barbecue Sauce. I was thrilled to have my hard work recognized and couldn't wait to share the recipe with others.

As the years went by, I continued to make the sauce for every barbecue I hosted, passing down the recipe to my children and grandchildren. I added my own personal touch to it, such as a hint of honey for extra sweetness and a dash of liquid smoke for a smoky flavor.

To this day, whenever I make my Florida Barbecue Sauce, I think back to that hot summer day in Sarah's kitchen and feel grateful for her friendship and generosity in sharing her family recipe with me. It has become a beloved staple in my cooking repertoire, a reminder of the power of good food to bring people together and create lasting memories. And I hope that one day, my own grandchildren will carry on the tradition of making this delicious sauce, just as I have done for so many years.


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