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Smoky Sauce

Smoky Sauce is a homemade condiment with a delicious sweet-smoky flavor. Excellent slathered on chicken, burgers, fries, hotdogs, and onion rings. Delish substitute for ketchup. Recipe and photography by Beverly Davis for CornbreadMillionaire.com.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time16 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: condiment
Servings: 1 cup


  • 4 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup stone ground mustard
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke See Recipe Notes.
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar Or use lemon juice.
  • 2 teaspoons water


Smoky Sauce

  • In a small saucepan, combine 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar (packed) and all ingredients.
  • Stir constantly for one minute over medium heat until edges bubble.
  • Immediately turn off heat. Stir again. Let stand. Sauce will thicken slightly as it cools.
  • NOTE: Taste cooled sauce. If desired, stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar. If too sweet, add 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Stir and taste again.
  • Makes about 1/3 cup. Recipe easily doubled. Store in lidded container. Keep refrigerated.
  • NOTE: If cooked longer than 1 minute, sauce will form a thick paste after it cools. To soften, microwave for 5 seconds to make it thin enough to drizzle.

Smoky Bacon Jam

  • Place crisp bacon (pork or turkey) on toasted wheat or white bread. Drizzle Smoky Sauce over the top. Enjoy as a snack or light meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
    Smoky Bacon Jam