Java Shoppe Homemade BBQ Sauce

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When I think about my dad and how much I miss him, I often think about how much he loved food. The summers were his favorite. He loved cooking on his grill — whether it was bbq chicken or corn on the cob, he used his grill for just about everything.

When I found out about this great Huston family recipe for bbq sauce, I had to try it and make my dad’s favorite bbq chicken. When my husband was growing up, his family owned a restaurant called the Java Shoppe — and one of those recipes was for this Java Shoppe Homemade BBQ Sauce. This sauce was used on just about everything from pulled pork to chicken. It was not only a Huston favorite but a restaurant classic. So I couldn’t wait to make it!

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The recipe starts with ketchup! All good sauces begin with ketchup right?

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Then you add the secret ingredients.

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Mix together the ketchup, sugar, ground mustard, ground black pepper, Frank’s Red hot sauce and white vinegar (not white wine vinegar — just plain white vinegar). It’s important you mix this in a metal pan.

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Once it’s mixed it will look like this. You will want to put this mixture in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. This will help bring together all of the flavors.

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It’s important you store the bbq sauce in glass containers. This particular recipe makes up to 5 pints of sauce.

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Enough for plenty of chicken.

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Java Shoppe Homemade BBQ Sauce

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 30 minutes


  • 64 oz. bottle of Ketchup
  • 4 tsp Ground Mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 4 tsp Hot Sauce - we used Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups White Vinegar


  1. In a metal mixing bowl, add entire 64 oz bottle of ketchup
  2. Add the ground mustard, sugar, ground black pepper and hot sauce
  3. Then add the white vinegar and mix completely
  4. Refrigerate mixture for at least 24 hours
  5. Store in refrigerator in glass containers

Recipe Notes

If you like your bbq sauce a little hotter, you can add more hot sauce to the recipe.

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