Smoky Mesquite BBQ Sauce

I love to smoke food and many times I add BBQ sauce during or after the meat has been in the smoker. Sometimes I want to be able to have that nice smoky flavor even when I do not use the smoker and that was the reason for me developing this Smoky Mesquite BBQ sauce. Sweet and tangy, this is a fairly standard sauce. But, what sets it apart is that I smoke the sauce for a good 3 hours! I used mesquite wood because I wanted a stronger smoke flavor and mesquite is great for that.

This sauce is amazing on burgers, hot dogs, or grilling almost any meat including chicken, ribs and more! It gives the meat that great smokey taste, making you think that the food has been going through that low and slow smoke.

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Smoky Mesquite BBQ Sauce

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Sweet and tangy BBQ sauce smoked for 3 hours with mesquite wood. Perfect for chicken, ribs, burgers, hot dogs and more! Big Green Egg, Bradley, Masterbuilt, 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 3 cups


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 onion


  • Start up smoker using mesquite wood and get it up to a temperature of 225-250F.
  • Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.
  • Pour the sauce into a foil lasagna pan.
  • Place the pan in the smoker and smoke the sauce for 3 hours.
  • Stir the sauce after each hour in the smoker.
  • After smoking, let the sauce come to room temperature.
  • Stir it and add little water if it is too thick.
  • Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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  • This was really good! I made a few changes but it was delicious.
    I added a bourbon hot sauce and some cumin, onion and garlic powder and smoked paprika and I omitted the cayenne because my husband doesn’t like too much spice. Thanks for the recipe!

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  • 5 stars
    thx. it helped me to put some smoked paprika into this to substitute the smoky flavor. especially handy if you dont wanna to add artificial aromas and need that smoked flavor.
    100% raw oganic way is to put this into a smoker, who knows it might work, imho not woth the effort unless you are doing it big.

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    • 5 stars
      also one trick from Jamie Oliver:
      instead of lemon try orange juice. naturally this gets on the sweeter side, but its up to your preference.

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  • 3 stars
    Try these additions…….NO salt, use 3 Anchovies
    Only use HUNTS Ketchup 100% Pure NO additives like Heinz
    1/4 cup of each: Molasses, A-1 steak sauce, honey,lemon juice
    No hot sauce, use a Smokey Chipotle pepper/no seeds
    Place all ingredients in Blender till smooth


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  • Try this…….NO salt, use 3 Anchovies
    Only use HUNTS Ketchup 100% Pure NO additives like Heinz

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  • Thank you for these amazing sauce recipes!

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    • Thanks!! Glad you enjoy them ?

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  • Yum… I would love to try that bbq out. 🙂 Wishing you the happiest Easter!! 🙂

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  • I adore homemade bbq sauce. It is so much better than most of the stuff at the store. And this one sounds delicious! I love the idea of smoking the actual sauce.

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