Mario's Kick-Ass Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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This sauce recipe deserves 5 stars! I adapted the original recipe by adding the zest from the fresh orange and lemon. Also used coarse-grain brown mustard instead of Dijon; your preference. Finally, my hot sauce of choice is Cholula plain but I think the lime flavored would work great too.

I Shanghai'd this recipe and the attached barbecue sauce from Mario Batali's cookbook "Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style" published in 2006.

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Servings: 3 Cups


Cost per serving $3.06 view details


  1. In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, mix all the ingredients together and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. If you prefer a smooth sauce, add sauce to a blender and blend until smooth or use a hand held emulsion blender.
  4. Let cool and serve or keep cold in a refrigerator or ice-filled cooler for up to 1 week.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 401g
Recipe makes 3 servings
Calories 372  
Calories from Fat 12 3%
Total Fat 1.4g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.22g 1%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2019mg 84%
Potassium 1354mg 39%
Total Carbs 94.23g 25%
Dietary Fiber 5.5g 18%
Sugars 77.23g 51%
Protein 5.53g 9%
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