Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe – Ready in 15 minutes, you’ll have the best Homemade Barbecue Sauce that is sweet and tangy and made from scratch!!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe - Ready in 15 minutes, you'll have the best Homemade Barbecue Sauce that is sweet and tangy and made from scratch! // addapinch.com

BBQ sauce is one of those topics that people can become really, really passionate about. There are the regional camps of North Carolina style BBQ sauce, Kansas City style BBQ sauce, white Alabama BBQ sauce, and then the Memphis style with no sauce at all (well, maybe just a smidge). Everyone has their personal favorites.

And you know, I really love them all.

I’ve shared my Mama’s Coca Cola BBQ Sauce with you that is the one that I personally grew up with. I’ve shared our Spicy Mustard BBQ Sauce that we use from time to time, and I’ve also shared my Peach BBQ Sauce that makes everything taste heavenly.

I’ve also included our favorite molasses-based Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce in my cookbook which just takes ribs to a whole new level!

But today friends, I want to share with you this quick and easy, 15 minute BBQ sauce that takes just a handful of ingredients to make and comes out perfect every single time.

We’ve had friends who call this the best BBQ Sauce they’ve ever tasted and it’s pretty easy to see why!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe - Ready in 15 minutes, you'll have the best Homemade Barbecue Sauce that is sweet and tangy and made from scratch! // addapinch.com

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe Ingredients

This BBQ Sauce comes together quickly with just a handful of ingredients that I generally have in my refrigerator or my pantry and is one that I think you all will fall in love with as well. I’ve had friends ask me to please make extra for them to take home and if I’d bottle it, they’d surely buy it. ♥️

To make this homemade BBQ Sauce, you’ll need:

  • Ketchup – You’ll use 2 cups of your favorite ketchup as the base in this recipe. I prefer to use one with the fewest ingredients and one that does not include high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – the apple cider vinegar gives the sauce a delicious, tangy flavor that helps to balance it perfectly.
  • Brown Sugar – just 1/4 cup of brown sugar not only helps sweeten the sauce but deepens the flavor adding just a hint of molasses flavor.
  • Honey – use a couple of tablespoons of your favorite honey. If you can find a reliable local honey provider, I always recommend it!
  • Worcestershire sauce – this balances the sweetness with savory flavor in the sauce. If you are gluten-free or sensitive to soy (like me!), you can use coconut aminos in place of the Worcestershire sauce.
  • Stone House Seasoning – this is my favorite, go-to blend of seasonings that I have shared previously. It is a blend of kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic that tastes amazing on so many dishes and adds flavor in a snap! We named it Stone House Seasoning since we use it practically on everything except desserts!
  • Lemon Juice – A tablespoon of fresh or bottled lemon juice adds just the perfect amount of acid to this sauce to make it perfect.
  • Hot Sauce – We love to add just a splash of hot sauce to this BBQ Sauce recipe. It is entirely optional if you’d rather not include it.

How to Make the Best BBQ Sauce

  1. Cook the BBQ Sauce. Whisk together all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Allow the sauce to bubble and then reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes. This helps to deepen the flavors and thicken the sauce.
  2. Serve. You can use this sauce immediately on ribs, chicken, pork, salads, and so much more!

How to Store Homemade BBQ Sauce

If you have prepared this sauce as a make-ahead recipe to use for meal prep, you can allow it to cool slightly and then pour it into a quart-size mason jar. Seal it with a tight-fitting lid and store in the refrigerator to use for quick and easy meals throughout the week!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe - Ready in 15 minutes, you'll have the best Homemade Barbecue Sauce that is sweet and tangy and made from scratch! // addapinch.com

Favorite Ways to Use BBQ Sauce

Here’s my best Homemade BBQ Sauce recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe - Ready in 15 minutes, you'll have the best Homemade Barbecue Sauce that is sweet and tangy and made from scratch! // addapinch.com

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe – Ready in 15 minutes, you’ll have the best Homemade Barbecue Sauce that is sweet and tangy and made from scratch! 
4.98 from 48 votes

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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 8 servings (about 2 cups)
Course Sauce
Calories: 114kcal
Serving Size 2tablespoons
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Stone House Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce optional

Instructions

  • Whisk together all ingredients in a medium saucepan situated over medium heat. Allow to come to a bubble and then reduce the heat to low. Allow to simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. 
  • Serve immediately or allow to cool slightly and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. 

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Sodium: 571mg | Potassium: 226mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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145 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. Great basic sauce for everyday. Worked as a springboard for my customized flavor profile. I highly recommend this recipe.

      1. Great homemade BBQ sauce. I added about 1/2 tsp of liquid smoke and 2-3 tablespoons of whiskey. Brushed pork chops while cooking on the BBQ. I froze the leftover in small containers since I will not be using any in the upcoming weeks.

  2. Made sauce 7/4/2020. Followed recipe for charcoal-grilled bone-in chicken thighs … simple and delicious! Family said “5-out-of-5-stars”.

  3. I followed the receipt but add lemons peel and whisky it taste wonderful at the last minutes I don’t have any bbq sauce for my US prime cooking 15 hrs brisket but since I get this I will love to modify to add red pepper to make a little hot. Thx to for receipt

  4. I will be grilling precooked ribs for my family this week so made this BBQ sauce recipe today. I can tell it is finger lickin good and know that my family will be very happy with it! Thank YOU! This is a keeper recipe!

  5. Love this recipe, made the peach one too! Its my go to Barbecue Sauce. Was looking over again this evening and noticed the coconut aminos. I had to look that up. Interested in using it now in this and maybe other things……

    1. Amy, the Worcestershire sauce balances the sweetness with savory flavor in the sauce so I have not tried omitting it. I don’t know how it would taste without it.

  6. Added a Tof Dijon and Hoisin sauce, and a tsp of smoked paprika. Substituted molasses for the honey. Hands down the best BBQ sauce I have ever made. Sweet but with a nice vinegary kick (I love a tangy bbq) and underlying smokiness. Would be excellent on just about anything.

  7. Hi,

    I didnt Try this bbq sauce yet, but cooked a Lot with quite the same ingredients.
    You should be able to can it. I do it every year 😉

  8. It’s perfect and so-o yummy. I baked chicken tonight with the BBQ SAUCE and OMG it was the best sauce i have ever made for chicken that is how good it is… i also reserved some off to the side to add more if needed on our plate!!! Honestly this is better then store bought!! my husband really love the taste as well as I did. this is my go.to recipe for good! it is soo addictive. You have to try it yourself to see what I’m talking about! Enjoy!

  9. Perfect as is. The ingredients are what we already have on hand, so you don’t have to buy anything special to make it. Saved me a trip to the grocery store.

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