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Walter Jetton's Barbecue Sauce

User Rating 5 Star Rating (1 Review)

By Walter Jetton

This sauce was made famous by President Johnson's Pitmaster, Walter Jetton.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Makes about 3 cups


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of black pepper


Mix all ingredients together. Place in saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and strain.
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 5 out of 5
Walter Jetton's/LBJ's Barbecue Sauce, Member RevImmigrant

This recipe is also called LBJ's barbecue sauce since he always had Walter Jetton cater his famous barbecues. Overall, it's excellent. I cook it down until it's thick and rich. It's very easy to make. This sauce is particularly good on beef, which, in Texas, is what we mostly mean when we say barbecue. It's great on or mixed in with the ground meat for hamburgers too and you can put it on the bun instead of mustard or mayonnaise if you cook it until it thickens. I like to add some Tabasco sauce to make it spicier and use salad vinegar rather than the cider vinegar. I also reduce the bay leaf to a half since I don't like bay leaf that much. This is a great barbecue sauce recipe and is my all-time favorite for western (as opposed to Chinese or Japanese) barbecue.

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