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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! //

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! //

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! //

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 71 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! //
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! 


  • 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


  • 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. 



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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  1. 5 stars
    A very nice bbq sauce recipe. I’ve never cooked with coconut aminos. I’ll havev to give that a try on my next sauce. Interesting!

  2. 5 stars
    I have tried many bbq sauce recipes across the board. I have a pretty decent vinegar based sauce, an ok Carolina mustard sauce but I’ve just never been happy with the bbq sauces I have made in the past. I always end up scrapping them and then buying a local sauce. However I stumbled upon this recipe and gave it a shot. We loved it. It’s simple. It’s quick. And it’s very tasty. This sauce has become my go to favorite for my pork shoulders and even for some brisket I whipped up last week. Thanks for sharing you finally gave me the last piece of my bbq sauce trio. 

    1. 5 stars
      Such a great sauce! I had everything I needed except lemon. I used lime I had on hand. Turned out great! Thank you for a quick, delicious recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    Very easy to make ,used on pork ribs a lot of  great complements  plus I entered in our fall Fair and got  1 st. Prize 

    1. Oh wow, Linda!!! What great news! I’m so happy you (and the Fair judges!) enjoyed the BBQ Sauce! I bet those ribs were delicious! Thanks! xo

  4. 5 stars
    Having dinner late tonight — making BBQ chicken sandwiches but have no BBQ sauce – found your recipe, just made this (took 10 minutes) — PERFECT!! Thank you SO much – will be using your sauce as my goto BBQ sauce from now on. Can’t wait to use this on my chicken sandwiches 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. This makes me so happy to hear, HappyLuckyBlessed! I’m glad it was there for you when you needed it and so happy you enjoy it! Thanks! xo

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Robyn,
      I loved your recipe, as did my friends. But I was wondering how long it typically lasts in the fridge? With all the ingredients acting as a natural preservers, I’d guess a few weeks to a month?

    1. I’ve not tried other flavored vinegars in this Marcy but please let me know if you try any others. Thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    Novice vegetarian chef who loves BBQ sauce on pizza. I believe I followed the recipe exactly, but my sauce… too saucy, in an uncool way. The consistency of the sauce wasn’t thick, but the taste! Spectacular!!! Where did I go wrong with consistency?!?!

    1. Hi Antonio,
      I’m thrilled you liked the taste of the sauce – isn’t it delicious?!
      I find that my bbq sauce thickens to consistency we like for our sauce after the simmering as directed in step 1. Make sure you allow it to come to a bubble first, then reduce heat to simmer. If you want it a bit thicker, you could simmer for a few more minutes longer than noted in the recipe. Hope this helps! Thanks!

    1. Hi Jen,
      I would either serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Thanks

  6. 5 stars
    I realized on Christmas that I had no bbq sauce. I was skeptical about making it myself bc I’m from NC and bbq sauce is sacred. But Lord have mercy, this is good!! I added a bit of extra coarse ground black pepper, some ground chipotle for smokiness and subbed OJ for lemon juice, which I didn’t have. THANK YOU!

  7. 5 stars
    I live an hour to any store and needed sauce.  I made this one and it was pretty good.  I did add a little mustard powder and a garlic.  My new bbq staple. Thanks 

    1. I’m really glad you gave it a try and enjoy it, Glow! It’s a staple around our house as well! Thanks!

  8. A+, I was worried about the amount of ketchup being noticeable but nope, perfect. I’ll be making this again. Great on drumsticks!!

    1. Desirae, you can substitute with maple syrup or just add more brown sugar. Hope this helps.

  9. I consider myself a “pretty good” cook… I could never have come up with something like this. The combination of spices is perfect. Thank you from the husband of, and father of picky eaters.

    1. Aww, I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy this, Steven! Thank you so much for telling me! 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    I work in a nursing home and made bbq chicken for the residents today. Everyone was raving about this bbq sauce. It was the talk of the facility today. I made this for 150 people and it turned out great! Thank you for sharing! 

    1. This makes my day, Samantha! I’m so happy to hear that everyone enjoyed it! Hugs to you for what you do! Thanks so much for sharing with me! xo

  11. 4 stars
    I’ve never made a BBQ sauce before but the simplicity of this one made me give it a shot. I was worried that the ketchup would be too much (the smell also carries heavily from the ketchup) but the taste is a pleasantly sweet and spiced balance. Looking forward to trying this with some meats.

  12. I’m trying this tomorrow evening when my son comes for Sunday dinner. I’m definitely using the optional hot sauce.

  13. 5 stars
    This sauce was superb – and not too ketchup-y as I had feared. The apple cider vinegar provides a nice kick and counter balance. And no high fructose corn syrup – like many of the store-bought sauces. Also, your Stone House Seasoning is fantastic – it made Saturday’s hamburger even better!

  14. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Very easy. Made it twice now, as my bf loved it. I add @ 1tsp liquid smoke, plus a little bit of cinnamon and chili powder (I just kind of eyeball the extras), and he says it tastes just like Open Pit, but better!

  15. 5 stars
    Wanted bbq chicken drumsticks but to my dismay we’re out of sauce! First sauce on google and it is phenomenal! I did tweak it a bit though. I halved the recipe since it’s only 2 people eating and I added a some paprika. 

    Turns out home made bbq is A LOT CHEAPER! I definitely will be making this rather buying store bought junk with tons of ingredients I can’t pronounce! 

    This was great and so simple! Thanks so much!

    1. I’m so glad you found this recipe and gave it a try, Katie! I’m with you on simple ingredients with lots of flavor! I am happy to have you here and hope that you find many other recipes here that you enjoy too! Thanks! xo

  16. 5 stars
    Ps.. there is no soy or gluten in a real Worstershire sauce. Lea and Perrins, for instance. Dont ever skimp on Worstershire as some do have soy and gluten, and are not worth saving a few cents. I hope they never change their recipe!

    The coconut aminos will change this drastically as its sweet, more like a teriyaki sauce so it”s not imo an alternative to Worcestershire, but yes in place of Soy sauce with a bit of sea salt added to it

    This is a terrific recipe, thanks!!

    1. Hi Vicki,
      Since some brands of Worcestershire sauce do contain soy and gluten and MSG, I gave an option for people who have allergies to these ingredients. I have family members who are highly allergic to these ingredients so I have made this sauce with coconut aminos numerous times and we all loved the flavor. So glad you like this recipe! Thanks!

  17. 5 stars
    Do you think this recipe can be canned to be able to be stored in the pantry so that I have more on hand when I need it?

  18. Made your sauce on Friday and used it on St Louis Ribs. Wow. So good.

    Used it again tonight for some grilled chicken. OMG. The best.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  19. 5 stars
    Made it this weekend for fathers day grilling and it was a hit! I doubled the recipe so I had a bunch leftover. Have you ever tried to can it? I may try with a small jar and see how it goes. 

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I have not tried canning the BBQ sauce. Let me know how it turns out if you try it. So glad you like it! Thanks! xo

  20. 5 stars
    This recipe was very good. I used ghost pepper Infused honey by Akron Honey Co. And it was really good. I could’ve added cayenne pepper instead of black pepper for a little more heat because it’s not that spicy. But the flavor with the little heat on the tongue was great. This was easy better than any BBQ I’ve purchased.

  21. 5 stars
    Hi Robyn, as a South African, I tried for years making a good BBQ sauce.I bought so called American sauces at supermarkets,only to be disapointed.I grilled some steaks for a few friends and everybody loved your sauce.Thank you for this great sauce.Now to find the best Southern style fried chicken herbs and spices.

  22. 5 stars
    This looks delicious and I want to make it for my family with boneless chicken breasts. Would you marinate the chicken in the sauce and then grill or would you slice the chicken with a little salt and pepper and while
    grilling brush on the bbq sauce?

    1. Hi Tamad,
      I don’t marinate the chicken in the bbq sauce but you can use this sauce however you would use any bbq sauce. Hope you like it!

  23. 5 stars
    I needed something last minute on a whim (vs. a trip to the store) and stumbled across this – seemed reasonable and I had everything. I am from Texas and if there are two things I’m picky about, it’s BBQ sauce and salsa, but this was simply awesome. I will never buy BBQ sauce at a store – even specialty – again. There’s no point!!! Love some of the ideas on the modifications people have posted. I “heated” it with Frank’s and it was just delicious. Thank you so much for posting!!!

    1. Hi Carrie,
      I’m so glad you stumbled upon my recipe when you were searching and loved it! Don’t you just love how easy this recipe is? Thanks!

  24. I’m making this today for ribs. I also mix in crushed pineapple and mangos and let it simmer a while then strain it. MmmmmMmmm good. The whole family loves it

  25. Hi,
    I’d like to try to make your sauce and I’m wondering how long it can last for if I’ve contained it in air tight sterilised bottles.

    1. Hi Conor,
      I leave mine in the refrigerator in airtight containers up to a week. Hope you enjoy the sauce!

  26. 5 stars
    Used this to sauce up 8 pounds of pulled pork and the family loved it. My wife says this is her favorite sauce we’ve made.

    Easy peasy and so yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

  27. 5 stars
    Dear Robyn,

    Appreciate your generosity in sharing recipes. This is the first recipe I tried and my brother loves it so much (he’s a hard to please fussy eater). I substituted kosher for himalayan salt as I couldn’t find Diamond Crystal kosher salt in any physical store in Melaka, Malaysia. However, I’ll be ordering it online since you insisted that the bbq sauce will taste so much better with kosher salt. Again, thank you.


    1. I hope you enjoy the BBQ sauce, Brigitte. I hope you find more recipes you will want to make. Thanks.

  28. 5 stars
    Thanks Robyn. I used your recipe in a pinch . It was fast and easy to whip up without too many ingredients .We loved the results and will make it again.

    1. Thanks, Patricia. I’m so glad you liked it. Don’t you love how easy it was to make?

  29. very tasty, but this time I added a secret of my Texan father-in-law, peanut butter!!! Who Hoo!

    1. oh, here I am! I did send in a comment, also I want to make known that I have your cookbook Robyn-I am a home girl from California with a Southern Heart-thanks to years in Texas and North Carolina!

    2. I hope you enjoy the cookbook. You don’t have to be born in the South to have a Southern heart, do you? xo

  30. I made this sauce for baby back ribs made in my Crock-Pot. After using a dry rub, I brushed some sauce on the ribs before I placed them in the pot. After cooking on low for 8 hrs I removed the ribs and brushed more sauce in them . Then I broiled for about 3 min. The sauce was sweet and savory. Delicious! Thank-you for sharing this recipe. No more bottled BBQ sauce for me!

  31. 5 stars
    I made this bbq sauce today beacuse i had all the ingredients already and didn’t want to put store bought bbq sauce on my husbands delicious brisket he had been cooking for hours. It was awesome on it. I made bbq brisket sandwiches and we loved it. My kids and nephew ate the hell out of the sandwiches. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Savanna. My family loves this bbq sauce on brisket, too. So glad everyone at your house loved it. xo

  32. 5 stars
    Excellent. Had chicken and everyone wanted bbq chicken but didn’t have bbq sauce. So found this recipe. Even though we didn’t have all the ingredients, this came out great. Didn’t have honey so with your suggestion added a bit more brown sugar. Also didn’t have apple cider vinegar but did have vinegar and apple juice so mixed the two. The stonehouse seasoning was fantastic. We also used it on pork chops. Thank you as this helped put a smile on our faces.

    1. I’m so glad you loved the bbq sauce and the Stone House Seasoning. We use that seasoning on just about everything. Thank you, Sharyn. xo

  33. Good recipe, used it on chicken in my smoker,,,yum yum. now go find one like the South Carolina vinegar base sauces,,like to find one and you have more time to experiment. Their my favorite for using on pork butt or pulled pork sandwiches ,


    1. There is a Search icon on the far right side at the top of my page, Marjorie. Just click on it and enter Stone House Seasoning and the recipe will appear. You can also click on All Recipes on the left hand side at top of page, and then Recipe Index to see all my past recipes. Hope you find many more recipes you want to try.

  34. 5 stars
    Yesterday i was cooking ribs in oven, realized towards end of cook time i had no barbeque sauce and found this recipe. The sauce was easy to make, i had everything on hand and very tasty. It is definitely a keeper, in fact, i had some leftover (i did cut recipe in half) and will use on grilled chicken tomorrow.

    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Pati, I’m glad you liked this BBQ sauce. I love how easy it is to make with ingredients most people have on hand. Thanks.

  35. 5 stars
    Great basic sauce for everyday. Worked as a springboard for my customized flavor profile. I highly recommend this recipe.

    1. 5 stars
      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.

    1. I haven’t tried this with just tomato sauce instead of ketchup, Dana, so I can’t tell you how it will turn out.

    2. I haven’t tried canning this sauce, Amie, but if you do, let me know how it turns out.

  36. 5 stars
    Made sauce 7/4/2020. Followed recipe for charcoal-grilled bone-in chicken thighs … simple and delicious! Family said “5-out-of-5-stars”.

  37. 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

  38. 5 stars
    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!

    1. Thank you, Edie! My family loves this BBQ sauce. I hope your family does as well.

  39. 5 stars
    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. Thanks. I’m so glad I started using coconut aminos since I cannot have soy. Hope you like it.

    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.

    1. Thanks, Torre. I’m so glad you like this BBQ sauce. I love that most people will have the ingredients for this recipe on hand.

  40. I would love to comment but the recipe isn’t left long enough for me to read it. If you have other BBQ SAUCE recipes, I need them badly.

  41. 5 stars
    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.

  42. Awesome recipe! I added Onion Powder, Stoneground Mustard and Yellow Mustard in addition to Distilled Vinegar

  43. 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 😉

    1. Rebecca, I have never tried canning this BBQ sauce so I can’t tell you how it would turn out.

  44. 5 stars
    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 recipe for good! it is soo addictive. You have to try it yourself to see what I’m talking about! Enjoy!

  45. 5 stars
    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.

    1. Thanks, Diane. I love that I usually have these ingredients on hand. So glad you liked it, too.

  46. Thanks for the recipe! We’re using it on venison. We didn’t have any store bought bbq sauce, and always willing to experiment! I had some extra orange marmalade that was a bit too sharp for eating on toast, I used it as a substitute for the honey. Yeah. My husband asked if I would put it in the family collection of recipes. It was so easy! Thanks,

    1. I’m sorry but I haven’t tried any substitutes for the lemon juice so I can’t tell you how something else would taste. Someone had commented that she used orange juice but I haven’t tried that.

  47. I used about half the brown sugar and when I tasted it (after 10 mins. simmering) it was very tomatoey so I added some onion powder, more amino acids, some chili powder, smoked paprika, and a little molasses. I think after it is baked for a few hours on top of chicken it will have a great flavor, thanks for the base of a bbq sauce recipe.

    1. Thank you for this recipe. I was out of bbq sauce and didn’t want to go to the store. I always have these ingredients and this was perfect!

    2. I’m glad this BBQ sauce recipe worked for you, Lisa. I love that I always have the ingredients for it on hand.

  48. Overall a good recipe but i would start with half the vinegar and add more to taste. It had quite a bit of tang when you use the whole amount. I think someone’s suggestion to add orange marmalade was a good idea. I fiddled with mine to suit my family but this is a great jumping off place. Thx!
    Also, I would say yes to being able to can this in hot water bath for 10 minutes a pint. I never use iodized salt fir canning though.

  49. 5 stars
    this is literally the best bbq sauce I’ve ever had! I didn’t have honey or lemon juice, so I used molasses and lime juice…I will never buy bottled sauce again! and I love the Stone House Seasoning!

    1. Lisa, I’m sorry if this had too much vinegar for you. You can reduce the amount of vinegar if it is too strong for you. Make sure you use Apple Cider Vinegar and not regular white vinegar. The white vinegar will have a stronger taste.

    2. 5 stars
      Great, great recipe! I added Liquid Smoke & Yellow Mustard to the mix. Oh, there is no need to even heat it up–Its plenty thick on its own. I used Heinz Ketchup. May Jesus continue to shine upon you!

  50. I am in the process of making you BBQ sauce and so far it taste good but I’m going to be putting it on my chicken tonight for supper to see how it really goes well with it Thanks for the ingredients I think I’ve got it😉

  51. Do all homemade BBQ sauces last about a week? I’m looking to make one I can keep in my fridge to pull out when I need it. Any tips?

    1. Christina, I only leave this BBQ sauce in my refrigerator for a week. Since this does not have a preservative like the commercial ones, I can’t recommend storing it any longer. I have not tried canning this sauce so I can’t tell you how it would turn out. This recipe is so easy to make and takes so little time, I just make it whenever I need it.

  52. 5 stars
    This BBQ is sensational. Tangy and flavoursome, it was great on homemade pizza. Will definitely be making this again.

  53. I was looking for something to put over my turkey meatloaf before baking so it wouldn’t dry out. All I had was ketchup. I found your BBQ sauce recipe and decided to give it a try. I didn’t have any brown sugar so I just left it out, along with the hot spice. I cut back on the vinegar by half. It actually came out pretty good. It had a slight tang from the vinegar, but was still sweet enough from the honey. Thanks for the recipe! Next time I will try it with the brown sugar.

    1. Awesome recipe! The only thing I suggest adding is one cup of very strong black coffee. My mom always added coffee to her homemade barbecue sauce😉😉😉

  54. Where can I find your seasoning I have a Boston butt I’m going to smoke in June I have everything else but the stone house seasoning

    1. Robert, just click on the blue link Stone House Seasoning in the recipe and it will take you to my recipe. Hope you enjoy!

  55. 5 stars
    Is there a substitute recipe for the seasoning blend? I don’t own that product and would prefer to use my own spices. Thanks

    1. Jen, the Stone House Seasoning is a blend I make. If you click on the blue title Stone House Seasoning in the recipe, it will take you to the recipe for the Stone House Seasoning. It is a blend of salt, pepper, and garlic.

    1. Saundra, you can add more brown sugar or some people have said they used molasses as a substitute for the honey.

    1. For future reference, Terri, just click on the Stone House Seasoning link in the recipe. It will take you to that post and recipe. In this post, I give the measurements of each ingredient for a teaspoon of the seasoning – 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic. Hope you enjoy the BBQ sauce.

  56. Great recipe! Was a little tangy, so my notes for next time are to cut back on the vinegar. This time we just tweaked it until it was “just right”!

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

  57. 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.

  58. 5 stars
    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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

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

    1. Michal, I’ve never tried freezing this sauce but you can allow the sauce to cool slightly and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

  63. 5 stars
    This sauce was a 10/10 and will be the ONLY BBQ sauce I will be using from now on! No more store bought ever. So good!

  64. Can you make this with no sugar and honey ? I am a diabetic and can’t have that as there is enough in ketchup

    1. I haven’t tried this, Margretta, but someone posted that she substituted sugar free syrup for both the honey and the brown sugar and used sugar free ketchup. I hope this helps.

  65. Form just outside the BBQ Capital of Texas….

    …best BBQ sauce I’ve ever had and I’ve had a lot of ‘em.

    Someone in the comments said this is now his go-to BBQ sauce and he will never buy BBQ sauce in the store again. That goes for me as well.

    1. Thanks so much, Bradley! I love to be able to make my own BBQ sauce whenever I need it, too.

  66. This sauce is the bomb. I did the pressure cooker on the chicken ….coated my chicken with this and broiled……ta fricking da….royal level chicken. Maybe best BBQ I have had. This sauce is reference!!!

  67. What is stonehouse seasoning? Never seen it in my area. Is there anything I can use to substitute Stonehouse seasoning?

    1. The Stone House Seasoning is my recipe, Mark. Just click on the words Stone House Seasoning in the ingredients list of the recipe and it will take you to the Stone House Seasoning recipe. Hope you enjoy!

    1. The Stone House Seasoning is my recipe, Glenda. Just click on the words Stone House Seasoning in the ingredients list of the recipe and it will take you to the Stone House Seasoning recipe. Hope you enjoy!

  68. 5 stars
    Excellent bbq sauce. I may have added a bit more brown sugar and 1t Worcestershire. Spareribs cooked with just black pepper seasoning like Montreal for 3 hours at 275’. Refrigerated so I could slice evenly. Swabbed the spareribs 20’ on one side and then the other side 10’ before serving at 450’. Didn’t find the stone seasoning. Will make again.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the BBQ sauce, Janice. The Stone House Seasoning is my recipe. Just click on the underlined Stone House Seasoning in the BBQ sauce recipe and it will take you to the post and recipe for the Stone House Seasoning.

  69. Great sauce! I used tomato paste and water in place of ketchup as less salt, sugar etc. This is perfect in and on black bean burgers!!

  70. I kicked this great recipe up more and added 1 cup of bourbon and 6 tablespoons of Old Bay seafood seasoning to the Triple batch! It was bomb!! Thank you

  71. 5 stars
    I have been using this recipe for about a year now I add more brown sugar and tad bit more vinegar and a bit more hot sauce my kids love the tangy sweet slight heat in the back of the tongue. It’s an amazing recipe my children won’t eat any other bbq sauce now

  72. I don’t think I would use enough in one week. Is it possible to freeze BBQ sauce?
    Thx. Love your recipes and have gifted jars of StoneHouse Seasoning with the recipe.

  73. Mostly stuck to the recipe (I added a teaspoon of Kashmiri pepper instead of the hot sauce) and it is wonderful. Thank you.

  74. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday to go with bbq pulled pork, was bloody lovely! First thing my fella said when he woke up this morning ‘that bbq sauce was soooo gooood’ haha

  75. 5 stars
    Ran out of barbecue sauce and found this recipe, hoping to end up with a decent substitute. This was amazing! It’ll become my go-to going forward.

  76. 5 stars
    Ran out of BBQ sauce, found this recipe and and it was a hit! The sweet and tangy flavor is EVERYTHING! Added a little liquid smoke for an extra flavor boost. Definitely my new go to. Thanks

    1. Shanoi Marie, I’m glad this BBQ sauce was a hit for you. Thanks for trying it and loving it.

    1. Thanks, Carole, I love to make this instead of buying, too. I know the ingredients in this one.