Boswell Barbecue Sauce – Smokey, Sweet, Sour and Hot

Boswell barbecue sauce is spicy, smokey and sweet. It's great on poultry, beef, pork, lamb or even your fries.
Boswell Barbecue Sauce

Last Updated on August 21, 2019

Boswell Barbecue Sauce

Boswell Barbecue Sauce

I started making barbecue sauce a couple of years ago when I ran out of storebought and didn’t feel like going to the store to get more. How hard could it be? So, I’ve been working on this sauce and this is just the way we like it. I think you might like it, too. It’s sweet from brown sugar, honey, and molasses, and it’s sour from red wine and apple cider vinegar, and it’s hot from several types of chili. I’m going to put this on our Nesco Baby Back Ribs, but it’s also great on Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken, or anything else you want a sweet and sour hot barbecue sauce.

When you make this, you will want to taste for seasoning as you go along. If you don’t like spicy, then don’t add the spicy ingredients. If you do like spicy, have at it. I made this pretty spicy, but you could make it hotter if you wish.

Some of the ingredients you can find at Penzey’s spices:

Let’s Make Boswell Barbecue Sauce

Boswell Barbecue Sauce

Boswell Barbecue Sauce

Boswell barbecue sauce is spicy, smokey and sweet. It's great on poultry, beef, pork, lamb or even your fries.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Servings (slide to adjust): 2 cups
Calories: 169kcal


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dehydrated onion
  • ½ teaspoon bell pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon crushed jalapeno
  • 1 teaspoon Chipotle
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • If you trust my judgment, you can put everything in a saucepan at once. If you want to play with it, put everything up to the crushed jalapeno, and taste after adding each ingredient. When it is to your liking, bring to a simmer on low heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Let the sauce cool to room temperature, then store, covered, in the refrigerator.


If you don't like spicy at all, omit the Aleppo, jalapeno, chipotle, and cayenne.


Serving: 1gCalories: 169kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 450mgFiber: 1gSugar: 39g
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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

4 Responses to Boswell Barbecue Sauce – Smokey, Sweet, Sour and Hot

  1. Dick Gunson says:

    Just wish to say your barbecue sauce is AMAZING! Just enough sweet, sour and heat.

  2. R Paul says:

    Really good. Had it for a barbecue this weekend. Everyone loved it.

  3. Aretha says:

    Hi, Neat post. I added a little more brown sugar and omitted the chipotle and Aleppo pepper, but it was delicious.

  4. Noel says:

    This sauce is spectacular! You obviously know how to cook. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!