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This homemade BBQ sauce comes together quickly and packs a bold flavor. Ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard, and garlic simmer together. Blending the flavors to perfection.
Like this recipe? You will love my Western BBQ Burger, Cilantro Lime Ranch, and Homemade Ranch Dressing!
How have I made it into my 30’s without making my own condiments? I mean, I have been known to whip up a salad dressing occasionally but this BBQ sauce is a whole new ballgame. It is incredibly simple and packed with flavor. If you haven’t already tried making your own I suggest you dip your toes into the world of sauces this summer and give this recipe a try.
The Best BBQ Sauce Recipe
Tips to help you make the best BBQ sauce:
1. This recipe is definitely a sweet sauce with a little spicy kick. I am a huge fan of Sweet Baby Ray’s (but really, who isn’t??) and decided this needed a sweet start with a good spicy finish just like their brand. The only problem is that I have a 9 year old that is NOT sold on the idea. I toned it down a notch or two and was left with a delicious sauce that pairs perfectly with so many things. If you want less sweetness I suggest adding less sugar.
2. Be brave with your spices.We have made this several times and a few game changing additions are: liquid smoke, smoked paprika, no garlic, lots of garlic, and less pepper. All have been absolutely delightful.
If you have leftovers you can easily store in a mason jar. Tighten a lid on top and toss it into the refrigerator for a week or so. This makes an excellent neighbor gift or a fun treat to share with your loved ones. Make sure to print your favorite barbecue recipe and tie to the jar!
The BEST Homemade BBQ Sauce
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 Tbsp pepper
- 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 Tbsp ground dry mustard
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Combine all of the ingredients into a medium sized saucepan.
Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
Serve with your favorite recipes.