Memphis-Style Wet Sauce

  • Serves

    makes 2 Cups


In Memphis, you can order your ribs "wet," slathered with this sweet, sticky sauce. This recipe first appeared in our June/July 2011 BBQ issue.


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 23 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 12 cup light brown sugar
  • 14 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 12 tsp. mild hot sauce
  • 1 12 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 12 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard powder


Step 1

Bring ketchup, vinegar, both sugars, juice, Worcestershire, pepper, hot sauce, onion and garlic powders, mustard, and 1 cup water to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring, until thickened, about 30 minutes.

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