Old South Barbecue Sauce
©2002, The Naked Whiz

This recipe was given to me by Vi Roberts, a great guy who knew how to cook brisket! I have, of course, twiddled it a little bit and here is the result. A sauce with flavor, character, texture and some kick!


  • 24 ounces of tomato sauce
  • 18 ounces of water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tsp dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp FRESHLY ground black pepper, ground fairly coarse
  • 2 large cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (see notes)
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 pinch ground cinammon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp mustard (cheap, yellow)
  • Hot sauce or cayenne pepper to taste

Preparation Directions:

    Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer at least 30 minutes.

Special Instructions:

  • You may wish to leave out the vinegar and taste the sauce first. Add the vinegar as desired up to the indicated amount.

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