The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce

Never buy store bought bbq sauce again.  This stuff is heaven in a jar!! This homemade version takes every bbq to the next level.  Extra delish in a quick crockpot dinner too!

Some things just scream summer, don’t they? Swimming, fireworks, freshly picked berries, homemade ice cream, and firing up the grill, to name few.

Speaking of barbequing, boy, do I have a homemade BBQ sauce for you. Seriously! Just open up your fridge and toss out all of those half empty bottles and make this right. now. NOW. This is the stuff that BBQ dreams are made of. You’ll never go store bought again. I think this would be the perfect show-off recipe for that upcoming 4th of July BBQ.

Ingredients for homemade BBQ sauce

This homemade bbq sauce is the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and savory. Never buying store bought again!

(Please forgive the cayenne pepper.  She somehow got mixed up with her dear friend, Lawry’s Seasoning Salt. Note: There is no seasoning salt in this recipe, but there is indeed Cayenne Pepper. Have I lost you yet?)

1 cup ketchup
1 cup tomato sauce
¾ cup red wine vinegar
¾ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, cut in small pieces
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
¼ cup molasses
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon course ground pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon chili powder

Don’t let the length of the ingredients list scare you off. I promise it comes together in a snap!

Directions for Homemade BBQ Sauce

Add all ingredients into a medium saucepan. See? I just dump it all in. This is what it looks like:

This homemade bbq sauce is brilliantly easy and tastes bar better than anything I've bought in a store. The BEST!! Perfect for a summer BBQ or quick crockpot meal.

Also, the lighting over my stove is very poor. (Read: Non-existent).  Yes, I certainly did walk outside and take a picture of my saucepan on my front porch.

Stir until well mixed and bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn heat to low and let simmer and thicken for a minimum of 15 minutes. I usually let mine go for at least an hour. Let cool and pour into container of choice. Refrigerate and use within 2 weeks. Use in place of 1 regular sized bottle of store bought BBQ sauce.

These bbq chicken sandwiches were taken to the next level with homemade bbq sauce! DEEEVINE!!

Today I slow cooked some chicken breasts in this sauce, shredded up the chicken and whalah! Easy, no fuss summer BBQ chicken sandwiches. Add a spoonful or two to your favorite ranch sauce for a unique BBQ flair cobb salad. On Father’s Day, I layered a dry rub on some pork ribs, smothered them in this homemade BBQ sauce and slow cooked them all day in my crockpot. DELISH, people.

As far as cost savings goes, the average joe BBQ sauce at my local grocery store runs about $2 on sale. Depending on the quality of ingredients and sale prices, our homemade version runs around $1.25.

While that’s only about a 37% savings, this recipe is well worth it! I love that I can pronounce every single ingredient (contrary to that store bought bottle) and you really can’t beat the flavor. I will never have need for another homemade BBQ sauce as long as I live. Really, it’s that good!


Recipe adapted from this recipe at Comments

The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce was last modified: July 1st, 2014 by Jenny

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  1. This sauce is absolutely the best I have ever tasted !!

  2. This looks great! I pinned it. It looks like it’d be easy to mix extra of the dry ingredients when you already have everything out. Then you could just keep the dry ingredients in an air-tight container until the next time you need BBQ sauce – just add wet ingredients and you’re good to go!

  3. How many cups does this make


  5. I’m going to try this weekend. This seems it might be a good recipe for canning. Does anyone know?

  6. This looks great! Will make soon. Roughly how long does it stay good in the fridge once made?

  7. Does it freeze well ?

  8. Hi Can you please clarify what you mean by ketchup and tomato sauce. As a Brit we use the same term to apply to tomato sauce/ketchup from a bottle. By that I mean the sauce used to dip chips in though I believe you call them french fries. Thank you.

  9. Love the reviews for this and I cannot wait to make some. Sometimes it is not easy to find barbecue sauce without high fructose corn syrup, which is so bad for us! There are so many different brands in the grocery and the brand I used to use took it out, then added it again! You have to keep reading those labels! With this recipe, we can know pretty much what is in the barbecue sauce and make adjustments, if needed!

  10. By reading all these comments, it is encouraging me to make this delicious looking recipe… great money saver 😏
    Hope i enjoy it (i know i will!) 😃

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