This homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe is so easy to make and has the perfect combination of sweet, savory, and tangy.

Out of BBQ sauce? Or want to adjust the flavorings to suit your taste? Look no further! There are so many possibilities for this sauce and it can be customized to suit any dish!

a jar of homemade bbq sauce with a brush and grilled chicken

Homemade BBQ Sauce

  • There are so many BBQ sauces on the market but homemade is always best and you can skip the high-fructose corn syrup!
  • Sweet, zesty, and tangy is the best description of this sauce.
  • It’s so flavorful and easy to make using pantry staples.
  • Make a double (or triple) batch, it keeps well in the fridge or freezer.
  • It’s great on so many dishes! Bbq chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, and ribs all taste great doused in this homemade sauce.
a jar of homemade bbq sauce with a brush

Ingredients for BBQ Sauce

The Base of this bbq sauce recipe contains:

  • ketchup makes up most of the base
  • molasses adds a rich sweetness
  • apple cider vinegar brings zesty tang
  • brown sugar sweetens the mixture use dark or light brown sugar, we find dark brown sugar to have more flavor
  • Worcestershire sauce is adds umami

The seasonings in this homemade sauce include minced onions and garlic (or onion powder and garlic powder for a smoother sauce) with a bit of paprika and dry mustard. Adjust to suit your preferences!

Variations

  • Sweet – Substitute honey or maple syrup for the brown sugar.
  • Spicy – To make it a little spicy add some cayenne pepper, chili flakes, diced jalapeno or hot peppers.
  • Other – Try a splash of bourbon, whiskey, a splash of liquid smoke or even orange or pineapple juice. Try a bit of yellow mustard or soy sauce.
  • Add spices or herbs to your liking. Try chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, or oregano.

How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce

This recipe is so easy, with just a few steps and only 30 minutes to create a custom barbecue sauce.

  1. Cook finely diced onion & minced garlic with olive oil in a small saucepan
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Stir occasionally while the sauce simmers until it’s thick (as per the recipe below).

Storage

This is the easy part! Just keep it in a tightly sealed container like a glass mason jar or a clean salad dressing bottle.

Store it in the freezer for about 3 months.

BBQ sauce makes a great marinade, a perfect dipping sauce for chicken tenders, or mix 50/50 with pizza sauce (or tomato sauce) to make a bbq chicken pizza!

Fave BBQ Recipes

BBQ sause makes a great dipping sauce for chicken tenders, perfect on most meats or good to mix 50/50 with pizza sauce (or tomato sauce) for bbq chicken pizza.

Did you make this homemade BBQ sauce? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!

a jar of homemade bbq sauce with a brush
5 from 21 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

This homemade barbecue sauce can be customized to suit any dish. Just store it in the fridge and use it on chicken, ribs, or pork chops!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • In a small saucepan on medium low heat, cook onion and garlic in oil until tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and simmer 20 minutes or until thickened.

Notes

Makes about 2 cups. 
Store sauce in a tightly sealed mason jar or container. 
5 from 21 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 74 | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 504mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 536IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dip, Sauce
Cuisine American

Like our recipes?
Follow us on Pinterest!

Follow us on Pinterest

close up of jar full of Homemade BBQ Sauce with a title
jar of Homemade BBQ Sauce with a brush and a title
close up of Homemade BBQ Sauce with writing
jar of Homemade BBQ Sauce and brushing sauce on chicken with writing

Categories:

, , ,

Recipes you'll love

About the author

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!
See more posts by Holly

Follow Holly on social media:

pinterest facebook twitter instagram

Free eBook!

Subscribe to receive weekly recipes and get a FREE Bonus e-book: Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals!

You can unsubscribe anytime by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of emails you receive.

latest & greatest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating




Comments

  1. I have used a variation of this recipe for over 60 years!! Instead of ketchup I use Heinz Chili sauce – it adds a whole new dimension of flavor. They now have the chunky Heinz and that is fantastic too. Thank you for posting your recipe as, over the years, I have tried so many variations I forgot the original ingredients – great to get back on track with the original, which not only fabulous and tasty, it is also quick and easy.5 stars

  2. Dear Holly,

    When I need a good recipe, your site is the first one I go to. I’ve tried many of your recipes and had great success with the majority of them. Well I have to get back to your homemade Barbecue Sauce now cooking and it smell so good. THANKS

    1. Thank you Susan, you made my day! Enjoy the BBQ – I too love the smell of my kitchen when I make it!

  3. I like adding some chipotle peppers or just the liquid to give it an extra punch. Homemade BBQ is much better than store bought and I dislike it a lot!

  4. Hi Holly!
    First off let me tell you my family loves your recipies. For this barbecue sauce recipe I had one question..
    I don’t have any molasses.. can I use brown sugar in place of the molasses or would you recommend using dark corn syrup instead? And how much just a couple tablespoons? Please help :) fellow lover of cooking <3 -Sky

    1. Sky, thank you, I’m so glad to hear you enjoy my recipes! I’ve only made the recipe as written. The molasses adds a nice flavor. Try omitting it and see how it tastes before adding anything else in its place.

      1. I also couldn’t find molasses in the store, so used treacle syrup instead, not sure how it changed the flavour though, but it was still lovely! Will definitely make it again. Most recipes these days I first come to your website and I usually find what I am looking for! Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful recipes.