Homemade Bbq Sauce Recipe

This sweet-and-savory Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe tastes so much better than store-bought, and it’s cheaper too. Best of all, you can make it with better ingredients and fewer preservatives. Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is.

If you love homemade sauce recipes like Classic Pesto, and Tartar Sauce, this BBQ Sauce will be a new favorite.

We’re always looking for ways to save money by making our own sauces and condiments, and when those money-saving recipes also end up tasting better than the original, it’s definitely a win. There’s just something so satisfying about making your own kitchen staples like BBQ sauce, hummus, and marinara.

homemade bbq sauce recipe

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

homemade bbq sauce recipe

Homemade barbecue sauce is cheaper and tastier than store-bought BBQ sauce and you can use better ingredients with less preservatives. (Yields 2 1/4 cups)

Prep: 5min

Total: 35min

Yield: 20

Serving Size: 1 serving

Nutrition Facts: calories 56 kcal, Carbohydrate 14 g, Protein 0.3 g, Fat 0.1 g, Saturated Fat 0.02 g, Sodium 228 mg, Fiber 0.3 g, Sugar 12 g, unSaturated Fat 0.1 g, servingSize 1 serving


  • 1 1/2 cups tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp paprika or to taste
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper (or to taste 4 garlic cloves, minced)
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  2. Add more sugar or seasonings to taste if desired, then remove from heat. Cool completely to room temperature then cover and store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.*

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

homemade bbq sauce recipe

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe – Ready in 15 minutes, you’ll have the best Homemade Barbecue Sauce that is sweet and tangy and made from scratch!

Prep: 5min

Total: 15min

Yield: 16

Serving Size: 2 tablespoons

Nutrition Facts: servingSize 2 tablespoons, calories 57 kcal, Carbohydrate 14 g, Protein 1 g, Fat 1 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Sodium 431 mg, Fiber 1 g, Sugar 12 g, unSaturated Fat 2 g


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Stone House Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)


  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a medium saucepan situated over medium heat. Allow to come to a bubble and then reduce the heat to low. Allow to simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  2. Serve immediately or allow to cool slightly and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

homemade bbq sauce recipe

This Kansas City-style homemade bbq sauce recipe is sweet, tangy, smoky, and perfect on just about everything.

Prep: 10min

Total: 30min

Yield: 2


  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • optional: a few pinches of cayenne for extra heat, if desired


  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat until the sauce reaches a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer (uncovered) for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce has slightly thickened.
  3. Use the sauce immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 week.

How To Make BBQ Sauce 3 Ways


How to make your own barbecue sauce?

  1. 1/2 cup ketchup.
  2. 2 Tbsp. brown sugar.
  3. 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce.
  4. 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar.
  5. Hot sauce or cayenne to taste.
  6. 1 tsp. granulated garlic.
  7. Dash of mustard powder.
  8. 1 tsp. salt.

What are the basic components of BBQ sauce?

Ingredients vary, but most include vinegar or tomato paste (or a combination) as a base, as well as liquid smoke, onion powder, spices such as mustard and black pepper, and sweeteners such as sugar or molasses.

What is the base of a good BBQ sauce?

Since tomato-based BBQ sauces are the most common type, this is the one usually used in creating the perfect BBQ sauce recipes. Some tomato-based sauces commonly used in making a good BBQ sauce include ketchup, tomato sauce, tomato-based chili sauce, pureed tomato, and tomato paste.

About the author

Helen is an author and editor at helenbackcafe.com, who has a passion for writing about recipes. She loves to experiment with different ingredients and cooking techniques to create delicious and unique dishes.

Among all the foods, pizza holds a special place in her heart, and she loves exploring different variations and toppings to create the perfect slice. Through her writing, Helen hopes to inspire others to get creative in the kitchen and share their love for food with the world.

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