Say what you will about Saturday, but Sunday is when the pros play football and the other pros tailgate. So often, Sundays become so jam-packed with football (or race day) festivities what we’ve found a real need for quickie barbecue sauce (that’s also intensely flavorful, of course) for our burgers, ribs or wings—or to dip our chicken tenders in (homemade Chick-fil-A style). So here’s our go-to game day BBQ sauce that takes less than 30 minutes to make.


  • 16 oz can of pureed tomatoes (also called tomato sauce)
  • 1 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup dehydrated onions (also called minced or chopped onions in the spice aisle)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp hot sauce


  1. Combine the tomatoes, rice wine vinegar and salt in a deep skillet or a saucepan and cook over medium low heat for 15 minutes.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cook for another 15 minutes.
  3. Serve or place into Tupperware for easy transport to the tailgate. (You can safely store this, sealed in container, in the fridge for 5 days).

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