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The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

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This homemade BBQ sauce recipe comes together quickly and packs a bold flavor. Ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard, and garlic simmer together. Blending the flavors to perfection. 

The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce

Recipe Features

  • Perfect for BBQ Season
  • Great for Gift Giving
  • Beginner Recipe

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. It is the BEST sauce for chicken or ribs.

homemade bbq sauce recipe in a mason jar

BBQ Sauce Ingredients:

The list of ingredients is fairly simple and most likely items you already have in your pantry! That means you could be well on your way to this delicious award winning bbq sauce recipe

  • Ketchup
  • Water 
  • Brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Dry mustard
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Garlic powder
  • Lemon juice
  • Worcestershire sauce

How to Make BBQ Sauce From Scratch

While this is a very simple bbq sauce recipe, you need to give yourself about an hour and a half for the entire process. The secret is a low simmer to let the flavors really blend together.

  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a medium sized saucepan. 
  2. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Serve with your favorite recipes. 

    Tips to help you make the best BBQ sauce:

    • 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.
    • 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.

    How Long Does Homemade BBQ Sauce Last?

    If you have leftovers you can easily store in a mason jar. Tighten a lid on top and toss it into the refrigerator for about 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!

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    The BEST Homemade BBQ Sauce

    The BEST Homemade BBQ Sauce

    Yield: 3 cups
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

    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.

    Ingredients

    • 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

    Instructions

    1. Combine all of the ingredients into a medium sized saucepan. 
    2. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
    3. Serve with your favorite recipes. 

    Notes

    • 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.

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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 24 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 38Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 190mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g

    The BEST Homemade BBQ Sauce

    The BEST Homemade BBQ Sauce

    Yield: 3 cups
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

    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.

    Ingredients

    • 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

    Instructions

    1. Combine all of the ingredients into a medium sized saucepan. 
    2. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
    3. Serve with your favorite recipes. 

    Notes

    • 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.

    Recommended Products

    As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 24 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 38Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 190mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g
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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. 

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