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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 ¼ 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!

4.99 from 58 votes

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

Sauces 15 mins

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
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 16 servings
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone
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! 

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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Notes

Makes 2 cups of sauce. 

Nutritional Information

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 431mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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Comments

    1. I’m glad you had the ingredients for this BBQ sauce and loved it. Thanks, Zandre!

  1. This is the best bbq sauce.
    The store bought stuff is awful…either too smokey or too many ingredients that I don’t care to ingest.

    1. Thanks, Debra. I like to know what the ingredients are in my food, too. I’m so glad you liked this sauce.

  2. I made this barbeque sauce sugar free by substituting sugar free syrup for the honey and brown sugar. Sugar free ketchup is available too. Balance the tartness with the sweet for a delicious barbeque sauce that will get you rave reviews.

    1. Thank you, Valda Kay, for the tip on making this BBQ sauce sugar free. I’m so glad it worked so well for you.

  3. Just made the sauce, love it and I am type 2 diabetes so I used Splenda and extra honey. This recipe is a keeper

    1. Thanks, Delia. I’m so happy you could make substitutions that allowed you to have this BBQ sauce on your diet.

  4. This was delicious. The only change I made was to increase the brown sugar, but that wasn’t necessary, I just like it a bit sweeter. Really a superb recipe.

  5. Did I miss the measurements for the ACV, Stone House Seasoning and Amino acids (instead of Worcestershire), or are they by taste?

    1. The amounts of all the ingredients are in the recipe, Terri, under Ingredients in the recipe. You will use the same amount of coconut aminos if you are using instead of the Worcestershire sauce.

  6. THE BEST BBQ sauce ever and no high- fructose corn syrup in my ingredients. Thanks and
    really glad I found your recipe!

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