Rudy’s Copycat BBQ Sauce Recipe

This Rudy’s Copycat BBQ Sauce is thanks to my friend Katie at Chaos in the Kitchen – so good!


My husband and I never could agree on a BBQ sauce, until Rudy’s BBQ in Texas.  Sadly, we don’t live close to one, so we had to make our own, and this one is so close to the original!



this is a photo of Rudy's Copycat BBQ Sauce

Rudy's Copycat BBQ Sauce

Yield: Lots!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

My husband and I could never agree on a BBQ sauce we both liked, until this one. Thanks to my friend Katie to creating this recipe - I just reduced the lemon juice by a touch.


  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (2 lemons) – (I reduced to two tablespoons)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce


    Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Simmer until slightly reduced.  I let it simmer for about 30 minutes while the chicken cooked.  I brought some out to Tony and I was so happy that he liked it!  And as it cooled, he put his finger in it again and said – “this is really good!” 

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Grill the chicken until almost done, then finish off with the BBQ sauce.  We used the indirect grilling method again – grill the chicken on a rack over a cast iron skillet – the drippings won’t put out your coals.

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These were huge chicken boobs, so we split one.  I am using some of the leftovers in a chicken wrap for lunch today.  I brought Tony’s plate to him with a small cup of the BBQ sauce and he said “I like this so much I am dipping each piece of chicken in it!”  #winning!  It’s tough for both of us to find the same bbq sauce that we each like!

Tony is getting sick of me taking pictures of him smoking a cigar.  That’s okay, I’ll keep doing it. Open-mouthed smile

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Workout Update!

Last night was Pure Cardio of Insanity.  I forgot how this one doesn’t give you any breaks, and remembered as soon as Shaun T said in the stretching “are you as afraid as I am as what’s coming next?”  It’s literally 25 minutes of non-stop cardio.  My goal was to keep up with Tania, and I did until the very end – I am not as fast on the push up jacks – but I’ll get there.

I put this on Instagram – thought I’d give you guys a boob shot.  You’re welcome.

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So for nearly a week I’ve upped my calories and protein and kept the carbs lower than they have been in a while.  I am drinking water like it’s my second job too.  Last weeks WI wasn’t that great, but I had my TOM (I know, too much info!) so I decided to step on the scale this morning and see where I was at.  The Dietbet I am on ends on Sunday and I wanted to see how close I was to my goal of 161.5.

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Stepbet Progress

Holy shit – I lost 2.6!  I have 1.7 pounds to go to reach my goal, and while its only a few days, if I keep up with my hydration, I think I can make it.  I have to think I wasn’t giving my body enough fuel to do what I was asking it to?  I’ve been between 1800-2200 calories all week.  It’s such an oxymoron (not sure if that’s the right word) that you have to eat more to lose weight.

Stats for the Day:

  • 1814 calories, 60 fat, 145 carbs, 27 fiber and 149 protein
  • (I had snacks of granola, Chobani and almonds not pictured)
  • 39% of calories from carbs, 30% from fat and 31% from protein
  • 30 minute swim at lunch
  • 38 minute Pure cardio

Alright, time to get this show on the road.  But I have to share a recipe that I HAVE TO MAKE THIS WEEKENDGrilled pickles!  Thanks Jacky for posting this recipe and suggesting that I sub in jalapenos for the icky onions.  Yum!


Make it a great day!  Let me know if you make Rudy’s Copycat BBQ Sauce! 

p.s.  If you love north carolina bbq sauce – check this recipe out!