I found a big batch of smoked pulled pork in the freezer the other day. I was going to make one of my ‘usual’ BBQ sauces but this copycat of the sauce at Dreamland BBQ in Alabama has been on my to-try list for a while so I made a few quarts of it.
Visiting Dreamland BBQ (and honestly, just about any BBQ joint) is also on my to-do list, so I can’t vouch for how much of a copycat it is, but I can vouch for how good it is. Not too thick, not too runny with just a hint of heat. It’s a great all-purpose BBQ sauce.
You can make this sauce as shown, or play with it to suit your own needs. I was looking for a light red sauce, and that’s exactly what I got. The beauty of a good BBQ sauce like this is you’ve got a great base for your preferences. Want more heat? Add more cayenne. A little sweeter? More sugar. Thicker? Let it simmer a while longer. You can’t go wrong with Dreamland BBQ sauce whether you follow the recipe to a T or use it as a starter for your own version.
This sauce is fantastic on my Backyard BBQ wings.
Copycat Dreamland BBQ Sauce
- 1 28 ounce can tomato puree
- 1/3 cup prepared yellow mustard
- 3 cups water
- 1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup dark corn syrup see my note
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons cayenne
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Note: Dark corn syrup makes for a nice dark syrup with a hint of molasses. For a lighter syrup, use light corn syrup.
- Place puree and yellow mustard in a large saucepan and whisk until combined.
- Whisk in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often.
- Keep in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
- Note: If you prefer a thicker sauce, combine 1/4 cup corn starch and 1/4 cup cold water and whisk into the sauce as it simmers.