Copycat Dreamland BBQ Sauce

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.
Copycat Dreamland BBQ SauceYou 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.

Also try my copycat Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce.

Copycat Dreamland BBQ Sauce

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.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 quarts
Calories 447kcal


  • 28 ounces 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 lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 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.


Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1974mg | Potassium: 2247mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 5411IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 10mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

2 thoughts on “Copycat Dreamland BBQ Sauce

  1. Mike: My friend owns the company that makes Dreamland sauce for them. While he will not give me the recipe (I have really tried hard to get it), he tells me that the “heat” undertone is provided by jalapeno juice. I don’t even know where one could acquire jalapeno “juice” but I use the green jalapeno “sauce” in my barbecue sauce which people tell me is similar to Dreamland’s famous sauce. Might want to give it a try sometime. I’m going to try your recipe. Similar to mine. RB

  2. I found it to have too much tomato flavor and missing something from the original. I can’t figure out what it is missing though. Followed recipe exactly.

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