As a child, many of memories of visiting my family in Atlanta consists of having good Southern food and a lot of barbecue. My grandfather, Poppy as we like to call him, would always send the visiting grandchildren home with hickory wood, pecan wood, cherry wood, and one time even a smoked leg of lamb. My grandfather is always his happiest when he is able to sit around the grill or smoker all day cooking his meat and enjoy strumming his guitar. To accompany his outstanding grilled or smoked food, Poppy always made his special barbecue sauce. Grandchildren, children, and friends of my grandfather always rave about his sauce. We all try to replicate it but there is always something that just is missing the Poppy touch. But either way, a nice barbecue sauce is a great recipe to have to kick-start the summer with.

Poppy's Barbecue Sauce


2 cups of sauce


  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 Teaspoon Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 3 Shakes of Tabasco Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1/8 Cup Sweet Pickle Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Hot Water


  1. Whisk all the ingredients together in a container or bowl.
  2. Enjoy over your grilled chicken, smoked meat variety, ribs, or steak.