Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

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Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe that is ready in 15 minutes that makes the best Homemade Barbecue Sauce. 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 grew up with. I’ve also shared our Spicy Mustard BBQ Sauce that we use from time to time, as well as my Peach BBQ Sauce that is the perfect BBQ sauce with a fruity twist. And, 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

How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce

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. ♥️

Ingredients

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.

Instructions

  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 or see the Storage Tips below.

Storage Tips

To Store. Allow the sauce to cool and then pour it into a quart-size mason jar. Seal it with a tight-fitting lid and store it in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

To Freeze. Transfer the cooled sauce to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

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

5 from 147 votes
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 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16 servings

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. 

Notes

Makes 2 cups of sauce. 
Storage Tips
To Store. Allow the sauce to cool and then pour it into a quart-size mason jar. Seal it with a tight-fitting lid and store it in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
To Freeze. Transfer the cooled sauce to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

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Nutrition

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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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352 Comments

  1. Elle says:

    5 stars
    This is an exceptional BBQ sauce. Easy to make. I decided to try it with Heinz spicy ketchup (ketchup with Tabasco) so skipped the Tabasco in the recipe and doubled the Worcestershire sauce. Best BBQ sauce I have ever tasted. Not too sweet and well balanced flavours. Used it for pork ribs and am going to try it on chicken next.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks, Elle, for you tip on the spicy ketchup. This BBQ sauce is delicious on chicken.

  2. Holly Sue Katon says:

    I just made this bbq sauce and I’ll never buy bbq sauce again!! THANK YOU!!!!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Holly Sue, I’m so glad you love this BBQ sauce. Don’t you love how easy it is to make at home?

  3. Amber says:

    How long do you think this will last? As long as ketchup would normally last in the fridge?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Amber, I store mine in an airtight container in the refrigerator for only up to a week.

  4. Kim Williams says:

    5 stars
    This was my first time EVER making barbecue sauce. First, I made Gordon Ramsay’s barbecue sauce. HUGE MISTAKE! I mean, I like onions but… 😬 That one, in Ramsay style, went right into the bin!
    This BBQ Sauce saved the day and the rack of ribs! I used 1/3 cup banana katsup because I was short on katsup. Used Sriracha for spice. Could maybe try some smoky paprika next time? The flavor is on point! I’m not a huge fan of BBQ sauce. I love this sauce!!!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Kim, I’m so glad you like this BBQ sauce. Several people have commented that you put smoked paprika in theirs and love it.

  5. jonlee hardy says:

    l loved this sauce! it’s just what I wanted. it reminds me of Amish BBQ sauce. I basted baby back ribs with this. Awesome.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks, Jonlee. I’m glad you enjoy this BBQ sauce.

  6. Carol says:

    Did I miss the quantity of ingredients to use to makePulled Pork BBQ sauce. I only saw it being made.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Carol, the recipe card with list of ingredients, quantity, and instructions is at the bottom of the post. Hope you enjoy.

  7. Dowd says:

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe. First time I made this sauce I didn’t look up what Stone House Seasoning was, and thought, I’ll just add salt, pepper, and garlic … today, I finally looked at what’s in it lol. I usally add cayenne/red paper based hot sauce like Louisiana or Trappeys. If it’s going on pulled pork, I reduce catsup by 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks, Dowd. I like those hot sauces in this BBQ sauce, too. Glad you looked up the Stone House Seasoning recipe.

  8. Karen says:

    5 stars
    All I can say is..yummmm
    I cook a lot and this is the best bbq sauce I’ve come across! I did put some more heat in as my hubby likes it hot.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thank you, Karen. I love that you can adjust the amount of heat in the BBQ sauce to suit your taste.

  9. Deva says:

    What kind of hot sauce?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Deva, I use Cholula hot sauce but you can use whichever hot sauce is your favorite. Hope you enjoy the BBQ sauce.

  10. Sarah says:

    Can this recipe be canned?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Sarah, I have not tried canning this BBQ sauce so I can’t tell you how it would be.

    2. Peggy says:

      5 stars
      Great recipe. Can this be frozen?

    3. Robyn Stone says:

      Peggy, I’m glad you like this BBQ sauce. I haven’t frozen this BBQ sauce but others have said they freeze BBQ sauce. Place the BBQ sauce in an airtight freezer container and freeze up to 6 months. You could also flash freeze in ice cube trays and then pop those out when frozen and place in airtight freezer containers and freeze.

    4. Maggie says:

      Yes it can be canned. I have done it a few times!

    5. Carla says:

      Maggie, did you do anything different to do the canning? Or has anyone else canned this recipe? Thanks