Introducing the Flavorful Pappy BBQ Sauce

Hey there, barbecue enthusiasts! Get ready to elevate your grilling game with the mouthwatering Pappy BBQ Sauce from Hook’d Up Bar and Grill. This delectable sauce is packed with the perfect blend of paprika and onion, making it an ideal choice for marinating, cooking, glazing, or barbecuing your favorite dishes.

Pappy BBQ Sauce Ingredients


To achieve the desired flavors in your Pappy BBQ Sauce, you can use either white or brown sugar. Opting for white sugar will result in a lighter sauce, while brown sugar will lend a slightly deeper, more complex taste. For a homemade brown sugar substitute, combine white sugar with a drizzle of molasses. Don’t worry, this sauce is going to be cooked, so it will blend perfectly.


For the right tanginess, reach for white distilled vinegar. While I haven’t personally experimented with other vinegars, you could possibly swap it out with apple cider vinegar or other varieties.


Adding a touch of fat not only enhances the mouthfeel and sheen of the sauce but also helps to extract the flavors of certain spices more effectively.


To create the base of this fantastic barbecue sauce, cook together tomato paste and oil over medium heat until the oil separates and creates a fond on the bottom of the pan. This process thickens the paste and intensifies the flavors. For consistency and flavor blending, you can incorporate water or tomato juice.

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In this recipe, we take the flavor profile up a notch with a generous amount of paprika, along with onion, garlic, dry mustard, and turmeric. These additional seasonings give the Pappy BBQ Sauce its distinctive character. If you prefer a subtle touch of heat, add a pinch of black pepper and cayenne pepper.

Cooking the Pappy BBQ Sauce

Let’s get cooking! Start by combining tomato paste and oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk the mixture thoroughly and cook until the oil separates from the tomato paste, creating that coveted fond at the bottom of the pan. This process should take about 5 minutes.

While the tomato paste and oil mixture is cooking, gather the remaining ingredients and combine them in a bowl. Once the tomato paste and oil are ready, turn the heat to maximum and add the bowl of ingredients to the saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce reaches your desired thickness.

The Pappy BBQ Sauce will already have a thick consistency, so you won’t need to simmer it for long. Just a few minutes should do the trick. If you prefer a thinner sauce, you can add a little more water or tomato juice.

Voila! You’ve got yourself a darn good gourmet-style BBQ sauce that can be used in various ways, from slathering it on your favorite meats to using it as a dip.

Achieving the Perfect Thickness

Simmer the BBQ sauce for approximately 10 minutes, or until it reaches your desired thickness, similar to a traditional BBQ sauce. Keep in mind that the sauce will thicken further as it cools.

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If you prefer a thicker consistency, ideal for dipping, you can take an optional step. Add 1 teaspoon of potato starch mixed with water to the simmering sauce and whisk it using a wire whisk. The potato starch will effectively thicken the sauce. Adjust the consistency by adding more potato starch slurry or water/tomato juice as needed.

Potato starch works best in this case, as cornstarch tends to break down. Potato starch can better withstand the heat and vinegar. If you want an ultra-smooth BBQ sauce, you can also strain it through a fine sieve before reheating and adding the thickener. While this extra step adds a touch of refinement, it’s not necessary for delicious results.

Bottling the Pappy BBQ Sauce

To store your homemade Pappy BBQ Sauce, grab a bottle like the one used for Heinz Chili Sauce (approximately 455 ml). This recipe will yield just a bit more sauce than that, depending on how much you boil it down. Once your sauce is ready, simply pour it into the bottle and refrigerate it like any other BBQ sauce.

Pappy BBQ Sauce Variations

Want to switch things up and try some exciting variations? Here are a few ideas that will take your taste buds on a delightful journey. Try them out and let us know your favorites!

Honey BBQ Sauce

For a sweeter twist, replace the sugar with honey. Keep in mind that honey is sweeter than sugar, so use the same amount but let it shine as the star of the flavor profile. Also, replace the tomato juice with water and reduce the amount of Worcestershire sauce by half. Check out the recipe card below for the exact changes.

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Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Looking to add a smoky and spicy kick? Replace 1 tablespoon of paprika with chipotle powder. For a more intense chipotle flavor, replace all of the paprika with chipotle powder.

Spicy Pappy BBQ Sauce

If you’re a fan of heat, add some Franks RedHot Sauce to your liking. This will give your Pappy BBQ Sauce a spicy twist that will keep you coming back for more.

Smokey Pappy BBQ Sauce

For that irresistible smoky taste, incorporate some liquid smoke according to your preference. Hickory or mesquite flavors work exceptionally well. The Smokey Pappy BBQ Sauce is perfect for enhancing the flavors of dishes like the BBQ Burger, featured below. We recommend pairing it with some air-fried French fries seasoned with bacon grease and beef powder. Yum!

So, there you have it! The versatile Pappy BBQ Sauce and its exciting variations are ready to elevate your barbecue experience. Whether you’re grilling up a storm or hosting a backyard gathering, Hook’d Up Bar and Grill’s Pappy BBQ Sauce is here to add that extra touch of flavor to your favorite dishes. Happy grilling!

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