This sauce will be a bit spicy and will have a nice smoky flavoring. It will work best for your barbecued smoked ribs that are coated only with a dry rub. This sauce also is very tasty when used on your leftover ribs because it gives them a fresh warm flavoring and restores some of that "right off the grill" smokiness.
It is best to prepare this sauce when you are smoking ribs or something else because we will be using the smoke from the grill to cook this sauce. I usually put any leftover sauce in a bottle and store it in the refrigerator, although the sauce does not contain any preservatives so it will not last more than a week.
Now this is enough for either one batch of smoked ribs or one brisket (when I see other bbq sauce recipes I often wonder why they have you make 3 gallons. Who uses 3 gallons?) Here are the ingredients you will need for your smoky bbq sauce:
2 cups tomato sauce
3 tablespoons mustard
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons syrup
1/2 cup cola
2 teaspoons pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dill
Mix all these ingredients together and place in all metal saucepan. Choose a cooking pan that will withstand the fire of the grill and you may even want to wrap the outside of it in foil to protect against fire burns. Make sure that you don't choose a pan with plastic handles or one that is teflon coated.
Cook sauce along with your other smoked ribs during the last hour or two. Make sure that you stir it frequently as the sugar in it tends to make it stick to the pan.