Za’atar Barbecue Sauce

  • Serves

    makes 2 1/3 cups

  • Cook

    10 minutes


By SAVEUR Editors

Published on October 10, 2019

Fusing American and Middle Eastern flavors, this tart and spicy barbecue sauce contains plenty of dried mint and za'atar—a spice blend made from thyme, sesame, sumac, and salt. Dried mint is often stemmy, so to achieve a fine powder, rub the leaves through a dry, fine-mesh strainer. At Jamil's in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this sauce is served on the restaurant's 4-hour-smoked ribs and smoked bologna.



  • 1½ cups ketchup
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce
  • ¼ cup powdered dried mint
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup za’atar


Step 1

    In a medium bowl, add the ketchup, vinegar, hot sauce, mint, Worcestershire sauce, and za’atar. Whisk well to combine. Use the za'atar barbecue sauce immediately, or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

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