Homemade Sweet Rib Sauce

As mentioned in the rib rub recipe, my preference is for a sauce to be added after grilling the ribs rather than during the grilling process. Unfortunately, we found that many of the commercially available sauces tasted nowhere near as good if they were used in this manner; it was almost as if they were designed to be cooked.

Undaunted, I set out on an odyssey to come up with a rib sauce to compliment my dry ribs (which, if you force me to tell you, are kind of salty – but I would never admit that to the sodium police my wife). Since they are salty savoury, I needed something a little sweet, with a little heat.

After some trial and error (the same joke still holds people; can it really be considered an “error” if the man gets grilled meat at the end?) I came up with the following concoction that we all (except for my son, the family fusspot who will lick his own toes but will not try my sauce) love.
Sweet Rib Sauce
As with all my recipes, feel free to adjust to suit your tastes. The base of two parts ketchup to one part brown sugar makes a sweet base, and the mustard will cut that sweetness, as well the seasonings. Note that we use white pepper as it adds a warm heat as opposed to the sharp heat from black pepper.

Sweet Rib Sauce

Sweet Rib Sauce


Homemade BBQ Sweet Rib Sauce
Recipe Type: sauce
Author: Multi-Testing Mommy
Prep time:
Total time:
This homemade Sweet Rib Sauce compliments our Rib Rub perfectly!
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 0.5 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 0.5 teaspoon onion powder
  • 0.5 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 0.25 teaspoon white pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix with a whisk, paying special attention to ensure that there are no clumps of brown sugar or seasoning.

Sweet Rib Sauce
Our favourite side dish to accompany our BBQ ribs with Sweet Rib Sauce is our crazy and amazing Cornbread.

This post was written by my hubby! He says he is “A husband, a father, and an engineer. In that order.”

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17 Responses to Homemade Sweet Rib Sauce

  1. Elva Roberts says:

    Thank you for this recipe; the ribs look delicious and mouth-watering. It is a really simple recipe and so easy to make up. I intend to try it our for my own satisfaction to see if it is as delicious as it looks.

  2. Heidi C. says:

    My family loves ribs. Your sauce sounds so good. I can’t wait to make it for my gang.

  3. elizamatt says:

    Sounds like my kind of sauce, thanks for sharing this recipe with us 🙂

  4. Judy Cowan says:

    We loves ribs! I am definitely going to have to try your sauce out! Thanks for sharing it!

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  6. LILLIANM says:

    Will make this

  7. Lynda Cook says:

    A nice easy sauce to whip up, and would be good on anything!!

  8. annet says:

    Yum! This sauce sounds tasty and easy to make! We’ll give it a try! Thanks!

  9. loriag says:

    This looks like a great rib sauce.

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  11. Cheryl says:

    I have all of these ingredients in my pantry. I’m going make this tomorrow!

  12. Dandi D says:

    This looks so delicious–now I’m going to have to go out and find some ribs!

  13. Cheryl says:

    This looks so yummy!! I will have to make 🙂

  14. Wanda Tracey says:

    This sounds so yummy.I am going to try it on ribs tomorrow.Thank you.

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  16. kathy downey says:

    I love making my own sauces and i really enjoyed this one thanks for sharing!

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