Making your own BBQ sauce from scratch is so easy and so much more delicious than store-bought. The perfect addition to chicken, ribs, pulled pork and more!
Table of Contents
- Tomato ketchup.
- Worcestershire sauce.
- Balsamic vinegar. Apple cider vinegar can be substituted.
- Brown sugar. Honey or maple syrup can be used for sweetness instead.
- Smoked paprika.
- Garlic powder. Other spices like onion powder, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes and mustard can all be added.
- Salt. I don’t usually add pepper but black pepper can also be added for more flavor.
How to make BBQ sauce
Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer then allow to cook, stirring regularly, for 5-7 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary then transfer to a bowl or jar and allow to cool before using.
Can I make this ahead?
Homemade BBQ sauce can be made a few weeks in advance and kept in an airtight container or a mason jar in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it. The sauce also freezes well. Transfer to freezer-safe containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw completely before using.
This homemade barbecue sauce recipe is delicious served with chicken, burgers, ribs and pulled pork. It can also be used in place of pizza sauce (who doesn’t love a bbq chicken pizza), on chicken wings or used as a dipping sauce with French fries.
By using ketchup as a base, the sauce should be thick and glossy. If your bbq sauce is still too thin, adding a teaspoon or two of cornstarch slurry then cooking until thickened is a good idea.
If you’ve added too much vinegar to your sauce, adding more sugar will balance the acidity and tone down the flavor of the vinegar.
Yes, you can! Season the steak then grill for a minute per side then start basting with the bbq sauce and cook until the steak is done to your preference.
Easy Sauce Recipes
Homemade BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup tomato ketchup
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and set over medium-high heat.
- Bring to a simmer and allow to cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring regularly, until the sugar has dissolved.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary then remove from the heat and allow to cool before using.