Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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4.86 from 14 votes
This Homemade Barbecue Sauce is a quick and easy condiment for all of your summer grilling.  It comes together in 10 minutes and is incredibly flavorful. 
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
homemade barbecue sauce in a jar with a gold spoon

This Homemade Barbecue Sauce is a quick and easy condiment for all of your summer grilling.  It comes together in 10 minutes and is incredibly flavorful. 

homemade barbecue sauce in a jar with a gold spoon

Have you ever tried making your own homemade barbecue sauce?  It’s really quite simple.  With a few simple ingredients (you probably have most, if not all on hand) and only 10 minutes, you can have this thick, flavorful sauce ready to enjoy.

Why This Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe Works

Making this easy BBQ Sauce recipe couldn’t be easier.  It’s a combination of sweetness, tanginess, deep flavor and just a whisper of heat.  All of the flavors are perfectly balanced for a robust sauce that is perfect for ribs, chicken, burgers and more!

I like to make it a day or two in advance of when I want it so the flavors have a chance to come together.  It also helps the sauce thicken.

How to Make BBQ Sauce Recipes – Step by Step

  • STEP 1: Add ketchup to a medium sauce pan.
  • STEP 2:  Stir in brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and apple cider vinegar.
  • STEP 3:  Season with House Seasoning Blend, dried mustard and cayenne pepper.
  • STEP 4: Stir until combined and simmer for 8 minutes.

How to Store Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipes

This homemade BBQ Sauce recipes is very quick and easy to make.  We tend to use it a lot all summer long.  Many times, I make double or triple batches and keep it on hand.  The best way to store this homemade BBQ Sauce recipe is to place the cooled sauce in an air tight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.  For more tips on storing this homemade barbecue sauce, check this out.

homemade barbecue sauce on a gold spoon

Can you add other flavors to this BBQ Sauce?

This homemade barbecue sauce recipe is a great base recipe for a lot of other flavors.  You could easily add any of the following flavors that you like:

  • Liquid smoke
  • Honey
  • Swap the Worcestershire for Soy Sauce and the apple cider vinegar for rice wine vinegar for an Asian flare
  • Add some chipotle in adobo for a smokey heat

homemade barbecue sauce in a jar with gold spoon

Expert Tips for Making the Best Easy BBQ Sauce Recipe

On its own, this easy BBQ Sauce recipe is a cinch to make.  However, with these expert tips you can ensure your sauce turns out great each time.

  • Double the recipe: This recipe is easily doubled or tripled.
  • Store this Homemade BBQ Sauce: Place the cooled sauce in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
  • Change the flavor: This is a great base recipe – you can easily add other flavors such as liquid smoke or honey.

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homemade barbecue sauce in a jar with a gold spoon

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

4.9 from 14 votes
This Homemade Barbecue Sauce is a quick and easy condiment for all of your summer grilling.  It comes together in 10 minutes and is incredibly flavorful. 
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon House Seasoning Blend
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne

Instructions

  • Add ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and apple cider vinegar to a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir in House Seasoning Blend, dried mustard and cayenne.
  • Stir until all ingredients are combined.
  • Simmer for 8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve.
  • To store, allow sauce to completely cool, then store in airtight container.

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Expert Tips

  • Double the recipe: This recipe is easily doubled or tripled.   
  • Store this Homemade BBQ Sauce: Place the cooled sauce in an airtight container for up to two weeks. 
  • Change the flavor: This is a great base recipe - you can easily add other flavors such as liquid smoke or honey. 

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 565mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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10 thoughts on “Homemade Barbecue Sauce”

  1. 5 stars
    Love homemade BBQ sauce and your recipe is so easy to follow. Also I love the idea of adding liquid smoke to this recipe

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  2. 5 stars
    Homemade condiments are the best! My favorite cooking is on the bbq so I’m definitely going to try this recipe. YUM

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