Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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This easy homemade barbecue sauce recipes It is so easy to make and can be customized to fit any dish! It is your perfect combination of sweet, salty and spicy. Serve in your favorite foil packets for barbecue or sprinkled with grilled chicken or grilled pork chops. The delicious possibilities are endless!

A jar of homemade barbecue sauce with a barbecue brush next to it

Homemade barbecue sauce

How many brands of barbecue sauce are actually on the supermarket shelves? Since barbecue is one of America's favorite pastimes, it's no wonder there are so many options! Honestly, the best barbecue sauce on the market is yours made in your own kitchen. Using the basic base below, you can modify and add your favorites to create your own homemade barbecue sauce concoctions!

Barbecue Sauce Ingredients

The best homemade barbecue sauce will always start with basic ingredients similar to those in the base. Best of all, from there you can re-season it the way you want for any application you have!

  • Base: ketchup, molasses, vinegar, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Basic seasonings: paprika, dried mustard, salt and pepper, onions, garlic (or garlic powder).

Add a little honey to this easy barbecue sauce and top with some beef or pork ribs. Adding a little tabasco or Frank's Red Hot sauce is a perfect addition to chicken wings!

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  • Optional flavor boosters:
    • Tabasco / Sriracha
    • honey
    • Puré De Chiles Verdes or Tomatillos
    • Tomato Puree, Chili Sauce
    • Citrus juice (orange, lemon or lime depending on the application).

4 photos showing the steps to make an easy homemade barbecue sauce

How to make barbecue sauce

This recipe is very easy, with just a few steps and only 30 minutes you can create a custom barbecue sauce on your own.

  1. Cook the diced onion and minced garlic with olive oil in a small saucepan until tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 20 minutes or until thickened.

This can be served as-is or can be mixed with a dip blender for a smoother consistency (in the images here, I didn't combine it). Anyone will taste good!

Brush the homemade barbecue sauce over the grilled chicken

How to store homemade barbecue sauce

This is the easy part! Simply store it in a tightly closed container, such as a glass jar or clean salad bottle. Use it in a few weeks, as your homemade barbecue sauce won't have all the preservatives that store-bought ones have.

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Homemade barbecue sauce

Cook time 30 minutes

Total time 35 minutes

This homemade barbecue sauce can be customized to fit any dish! Start with this base and flavor from there!

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon of dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Cook the onion and garlic in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until tender, about 10 minutes.

  2. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 20 minutes or until thickened.

Nutritional information

Calories: 303, Fat: 8 g, Saturated fat: 1 g, Sodium: 1988mgPotassium: 755 mgCarbohydrates: 56 g, Fiber: 2 gSugar 47 g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 42.7%, Vitamin C: 8.9%, Calcium: 9.3%, Iron: 14.6%

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and ingredient brands used.)

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BBQ sauce in a clear jar with a little sauce spilling onto the side

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