louisiana barbecue sauce recipe

Louisiana Barbecue Sauce

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This is my version of a recipe that originally appeared in Mary Land’s Louisiana Cookery (1954). I have spiced it up a bit. Okay, more than a bit, and added a few other spices. This sauce is served with grilled seafood and chicken, but if you wanted to sneak it onto some steamed shrimp or crawdads, I wouldn’t turn you in to the food police. It will keep in the refrigerator for a week and freezes nicely.

louisiana barbecue sauce recipe


  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 15 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons distilled vinegar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce, or more, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste


  1. Saute the onion in the oil in a skillet until soft, add the garlic and saute for two minutes more.
  2. Transfer the onion and garlic mixture to a saucepan, add the remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour.
  3. Remove the bay leaves, place the mixture in a blender or food processor, and process until just blended.
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