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Shadden's BBQ Sauce

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  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2 small onions (chopped very fine)
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 1/2 bottle A-1 Sauce
  • 3/4 bottle ketchup
  • 11 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoons Tabasco
  • 1/4 lemon (grated; including rind)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cayenne pepper to taste (for added heat)


Sauté onion in butter and oil until tender. Add other ingredients, mix well and cook for 30-45 minutes.

Recipe Description & History

Barbecue and the South are synonymous. There are numerous barbecue places in The Natural State and all have very loyal followings and well-earned reputations. One of the Delta’s best was Shadden’s BBQ, which is, unfortunately, no longer open for business. But you can continue the legacy and enjoy the legendary taste with their barbecue recipe.

Vivian and Wayne Shadden greeted and served their specialty for almost four decades out of their 100 year old general store. It was an experience on its own to wander through the store reading the many magazine and newspaper articles, looking at photos, awards, trophies and the old “45s” jukebox and then to roll up the lid of the chest cooler and grab a cold drink. (Recipe Courtesy Shadden’s BBQ,Marvell)