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2 Ingredient Barbecue Sauce

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The ingredients in this sauce are an unlikely pairing. But the taste is sure to surprise you! It’s sweet, tangy and delicious. Use on barbecue ribs, hamburgers, little smokies and more. 

2 Ingredient BBQ sauce

Hello and welcome!  I love recipes that bring back good memories.  This is one of them!

My Dad stumbled upon this 2 ingredient barbecue sauce 20+ years ago while barbecuing in my hometown in eastern Montana.  We ran out of barbecue sauce and decided to try mixing a few ingredients from the fridge.  Back then we used our Weber charcoal grill — the flavor of the sauce combined with the charcoal grilled flavor was so good!

2 Ingredient Barbecue Sauce

Since then, it has become a tradition.  We use this sauce for many different types of meat.  My favorite is my Dad’s barbecue ribs.  They are a summertime favorite on the grill — and they are so good when you caramelize the sauce.  I plan to share the rib process in a future post. Yum!  We just made ribs this way for my sister’s BaBy-Q this past weekend.

Barbecue ribs are also a Christmas Eve tradition (along with lutefisk but we won’t go there yet :)).  Boiled, covered in sauce and baked in the oven.  Served with baked potatoes, pineapple-carrot lemon-lime jello salad, and lefse.

Barbecue Ribs

bbq ribs

Grilled Hamburgers

bbq hamburger

Barbecue Smokies

bbq smokies

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Instruction & Recipe Tips

The Western Salad Dressing is sometimes hard to find.  We can find it in groceries stores in North Dakota, but not in Montana.  So I normally order from Amazon.  There is an option to add-on bottles of Western dressing to other orders which makes it much cheaper.

The recipe is super simple: combine 1 part of Heinz ketchup with 1 part of Western dressing.  Change the amount based on the dish you are making.

If you’re making little smokies for an appetizer, you might use 1/2 cup of ketchup and 1/2 cup of dressing.  However, for ribs, you’ll want to use more.

Lemon juice and black pepper are optional.  However, lemon juice will help caramelize the sauce.

Thanks for stopping by to check out this recipe.  Please say hi in the comments and let me know what you think of this easy recipe. Save


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2 Ingredient BBQ sauce

2 Ingredient Barbecue Sauce – Sweet & Tangy

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Super simple sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. Use on hamburgers, little smokies, ribs, pulled chicken and more.

  • Total Time: 5 minutes




  1. Mix equal parts of Heinz Ketchup and Western Salad Dressing.
  2. Use on your favorite grilled meats, little smokie sausages, pulled pork or chicken and more.
  3. Optional – add a splash of lemon juice and dash of pepper.


The optional addition of lemon juice helps the sauce caramlize.

  • Author: Northern Yum
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 114
  • Sugar: 4.1 g
  • Sodium: 247.6 mg
  • Fat: 10.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.1 g
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 5.8 mg

Keywords: barbecue sauce, grilling

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  1. Isaac Mayhall says:

    Really good. You are a good cook

    1. Northern Yum says:

      So glad you enjoyed it. Thank you!

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