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Texas Recipe Series: Texas BBQ Sauces & Rubs!

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Texas Recipe Series - Texas BBQ Sauces & Rubs
As Texans, we definitely know BBQ.  Whether you’re preparing steak, pork or chicken, every Texas BBQ recipe starts with the sauce!  Here are 3 delicious BBQ sauce recipes, classic to Texas, and some great rubs for any type of meat you might be throwing on the grill!
Texas Recipe Series:  Texas BBQ Sauces & Rubs!
Classic Dr. Pepper Texas BBQ Sauce
  • 1 cup Dr. Pepper Soda (or you can use Coke)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup A-1 Steak Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke flavoring


Combine all ingredients, except the liquid smoke in a medium heavy saucepan over medium
high heat.  Stir to mix and bring to a gentle boil. Cook until sauce has thickened slightly,
about 8-10 minutes.  Remove from heat, then stir in the liquid smoke.
You can refrigerate this for up to 2 weeks.
*KEY NOTE:  brush this yummy sauce onto your meat during the 
last 5 minutes of cooking, otherwise the sauce will burn.
Makes 1 3/4-2 cups.
Big & Bold Texas BBQ Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup ketchup
    1/2 cup cider vinegar
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1/2 cup water
    2 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce
    1 tbsp chili powder
    1 tsp cumin
    1/2 tsp cayenne (or to taste)
Whisk together all ingredients into a saucepan.  Bring to a low simmer, then turn off heat.  Let
cool to room temperature.  May be used as a basting sauce towards the end of cooking or brushed
on after barbecuing.
Makes 3 cups.
Jack Daniel’s Sweet BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, finely minced
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
Mix up all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl or marinating container. Place meat inside the bowl or container and refrigerate for 4-6 hours to allow flavors to infuse. Remove and bake, broil or grill your meat, using the leftover marinade still in the container as a basting sauce.  *KEY NOTE” do not apply the sauce during the last 10 minutes of cooking (cross contamination), so if you need more, just make another batch or 1/2 batch.
Makes about 1 1/2 – 2 cups
  Rubs help to hold in moisture of the meat and create a nice bark.  Most veteran BBQ masters will suggest using a rub to cook the meat with, then throwing the sauce on in the last few minutes.
Here are some great dry rub recipes to start with:

Beef Brisket Rubs

Texas-Style Rub
This recipe will cover a 10-12 lb (4.5 – 5.4 kg) beef brisket
1/2 cup paprika
1/4 cup Kosher salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 brown sugar
1/4 cup cumin
1/4 cup chili powder
1/4 cup fresh cracked black pepper
2 Tbsp cayenne pepper
Traditional Texas Brisket Rub
This recipe will cover a 5.6 lb (2.3 – 2.7 kg) beef brisket
2 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp Kosher salt or sea salt
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp sugar

Pork Rub

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Paprika
2 Tbsp coarse salt
2 Tbsp black pepper
1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
4 tsp cumin
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp thyme powder
2 tsp sage
2 tsp coriander powder

Chicken Rub

1/4 cup sugar (turbinado or sugar in the raw adds more flavor)
1/4 cup sweet paprika
3 Tbsp Kosher salt
1 Tbsp ground pepper
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp chile powder
1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
Whether you use the rub, then lather up your meat with the sauces, you’re sure to bring something new to the table with these recipes!  ENJOY!



  1. Stephanie Keeping Reply

    This sounds amazing!! I love BBQ and do it a lot this summer!!

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