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Luther’s BBQ Sauce – while the restaurant may not be around anymore, you can still make their BBQ Sauce at home.

In Houston Luther’s was known for having really good BBQ, their sauce was smoky, but not overly sweet.  This is our recreation that tastes like their BBQ sauce.  You can use this sauce on brisket, ribs, chicken, and much more.
barbecue sauce

This sauce will keep in the refrigerator for a week if you want to make some ahead of time, or you can even make some to enjoy later down the road.  If you are looking for a BBQ sauce that captures some of what makes Texas BBQ so delicious this recipe is just what you are looking for.

Luther’s Barbecue Sauce

Luther's Barbeque Sauce

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 1
Luther's Barbeque Sauce

You can make barbeque sauce like Luther's.


  • 3 small cans tomato sauce
  • 1/4 onion, minced fine
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2-3 teaspoons liquid smoke


Mix all ingredients in a medium sized pot, and simmer for 1 hour.

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  • Lisa

    Not even close. My dad was VP of Luther’s and he’s the one who created all of the Luther’s recipes. The recipes were passed down to me.

  • Michelle

    This recipe is way off. So disappointed. Too thick, too much tomato flavor, and no kick. I haven’t had Luther’s since I moved away many years ago, but this is nothing like my memory of their wonderful sauce. Thanks to Mark for pointing out the real recipe. Look forward to trying that method.

  • Jeffmiletich

    As a former Luther’s employee, you are missing a few ingredients…..

  • Mark

    This isn’t even close. I was a GM at both Denver locations in the mid-80’s. and people will be shocked at what the recipe is. Basically you chop onions and boil the heck out of them, let the water boil down, this is like concentrated onion water, then you add Open Pit, Yes-Open Pit original bbq sauce to that with brown sugar and Coke Syrup, as in the Coke Syrup restaurants get that they use in their drink systems. If you can’t find Coke Syrup you can add a couple cans of Coke to the water you boil the onions in, the trick is to reduce this to a semi-concentrate. You boil that down and you will be surprized. If after adding everything else the sauce is too thick you just add water and reduce it to where you want the thickness to be. that’s it folks, I’ve been using the recipe for years and winning rib contests all along.

    • Rosary Shields

      how much coke syrup? how much brown sugar?

      • ian

        Rosary get off the thread. You aint hookin that shit up son

    • Rocky mnt

      I also worked at luthers in the late 80s it was awsome times really miss that great bbq

      • Rocky mnt

        Aurora colorado i may know mark

      • Stephanie Manley

        I miss that onion loaf.

  • Liz Nelson

    I miss Luther’s so much! I don’t like Papa’s BBQ sauce Luther’s was so much better! I also miss their onion rings. Do you have the recipe for their onion rings? I would so love to be able to make them at home!

    • Stephanie

      So one time I went into Luther’s and someone ordered that onion ring loaf, and went over to the baked potato bar, and scooped up a bunch of butter on it, and ate it. My arteries hardened for that person.