Kenny Rogers Barbecue Sauce

Kenny Rogers Barbecue Sauce is thick, sweet, and perfect for chicken, ribs, and pork. This rich sauce is quick and easy to make and have on hand for grilling and barbecuing.

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The Keny Rogers restaurant chain started in 1991 and expanded in the US and Canada. They specialized in wood-roasted chicken and would go on to expand to barbeque ribs, turkey and more.  While most of them have closed in the US and Canada, they are still thriving in the Philippines.

Kenny Rogers Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients you need to make the sauce:

  • Ketchup
  • Apple Sauce
  • Brown Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt and Pepper

Simply combine ingredients and simmer until rich, thick, and delicious.

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Kenny Rogers Barbecue Sauce

Kenny Rogers restaurants may not be around anymore, but you can still make their tasty barbecue sauce. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecue Sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 130kcal


  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup Heinz ketchup
  • 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • In heavy saucepan bring mixture to boil. Stir constantly about 4 to 5 minutes. Turn heat to low and continue to stir (about 5 minutes) making sure sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cook without stirring for 15 minutes on lowest possible heat, uncovered. Transfer to top of double boiler over simmering water if to be used as a basting sauce for ribs or chicken during baking; or cool sauce and refrigerate covered to use within 30 days.


Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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Reader Interactions


  1. Joon

    Living in South Korea I don’t have access to apple sauce so I made my own. It came out good but very thick. Not liquidy at all.

  2. OakmanNZ

    5 stars
    Making it right now. It is currently doing its 15min simmer with the gas down low.

    Smells pretty good. Might be nice with some raisins added or something as the spices give it that fruity smell.

    Am going to use it to baste chicken drumsticks tonight as a tester. Will let you know how it goes.

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