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MOPPING + DIPPING Billy Stubbs Pit Boy BBQ Sauce

I snagged this recipe from Blackbird Wine Shop’s newsletter.

When it comes to BBQ, I look to Billy Stubbs Texas Pit Master. He is my own mentor when it comes to grillin’, smokin’, chillin’. Stubbs schooled me in the way of the sauce like the Black Obi Wan Kenobi. I went with it. On faith. It works.

Traditionally, Texas barbecue is served with a homemade barbecue sauce, usually served warm. Below is a simple recipe for a Texas style barbecue sauce. This type sauce is usually a table condiment as opposed to a sauce used to baste the meat while cooking.


  • 16 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) water
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) vinegar
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1/2 fresh onion – pureed or 2 tbs onion powder
  • 2-4 fresh garlic pods or 1 tbs minced garlic-pureed, or 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs coarse black pepper
  • 1 tbs Paprika
  • 1 tsp Tobasco sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp salt or cajun seasoning

Mix and Simmer:

  • Puree the fresh onion and garlic, if using fresh.
  • Add all ingredients to a thick walled pot.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add water or simmer longer to achieve the desired thickness; I do not like it too thick.
  • Makes a little over a pint , depending on how much you cook it down.
  • Keep refrigerated. The sauce is acid enough to store for several weeks in the refrigerator.


  • The sauce is best served warm for either dipping or poured over the meat.
  • The sauce is also good to mix with diced brisket to make chopped brisket sandwiches.
  • It is best to make the sauce a day early, cool in the refrigerator, then re-warmed the next day. It seems like cooling and storing the sauce smoothes out the flavors.

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