This week, since I am on a recipe kick, I thought I'd share my Tennessee Twitch BBQ sauce recipe. Shhhhh, don't tell anyone! It's got a kick to it, so you may want to back off the spices if you can't handle spicy sauces.
I had to alter my original recipe for allergy purposes but this is the closest recipe I can get to our original Tennessee BBQ sauce. We call it the Tennessee Twitch because when I start making it, our fingers are twitching in delightful anticipation!
Tennessee Twitch BBQ Sauce Ingredients
- 2 Cups Hunt's Ketchup, high fructose corn syrup free or Woodstock Organic Ketchup
- 2 Cups Mexican Coca Cola (no corn)
- 1/3 Cup Molasses, Unsulphured
- 1/3 Cup Organic Sugar
- 1 tsp Frank's Red Hot
- 1 TBSP Ground Cayenne Pepper or Dark Chili Powder
- 1 tsp Himalayan Salt or Plain Salt - Optional
- 1/2 TBSP Finely Ground Black Pepper
Cooking your Tennessee Twitch BBQ sauce
- In a crock-pot, mix Ketchup and Coca Cola.
- Add molasses and stir well. Then add sugar and stir well. It may feel a little grainy on the bottom. That's okay.
- Add all your spices (add some extras if you want) and stir well.
- Cover and let cook on high for 5-6 hours.
- Cool and place in fridge overnight so the flavors marry.
- The next day, bring it out and warm it when you are ready to use it.
To rush it... You can actually eat it after it's done cooking for the 5-6 hours. If you are in a huge rush, you can cook it on the stove top. Heat it on med-high to a nice bubbling boil, then turn it down and let it simmer on lo-med for about 45 minutes to an hour.
BUT... I personally like the flavor after it has cooked in a crock-pot and sat overnight in the fridge.
This is the best BBQ sauce we've had and I love making it. It tastes so good. It has a touch of a kick to it that I like in BBQ sauces.
It's great for dipping or marinading or just smothering some pulled beef.