Condiment/ Recipe

BBQ Sauce

May 23, 2015 (Last Updated: June 9, 2020)

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Homemade BBQ sauce is perfect for all your outdoor barbecuing. Add to chicken, ribs or shredded pork.

I love when the weather finally gets warm enough to really barbecue outside.  Don’t get me wrong….we use our gas grill outside all year long.  But during the warm days, I don’t have to bundle up, dash outside and quickly tend to the meal.

Instead, I can linger, savor the smells, and check all my flowers growing on the deck.  To me nothing says summer quite like grilling and a great BBQ Sauce!  This is one you are going to love!

Homemade BBQ Sauce in a glass canning jar.

This sauce is perfect for chicken, ribs or one of my favorite non-grilled meals, pulled pork and used as a dipping sauce with these chicken tenders or chicken nuggets.

BBQ Sauce on a spatula.

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Barbecue Sauce in a glass jar with a green pastry brush.

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Homemade barbecue sauce

BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ sauce
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup
Calories 49 kcal


  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • Place everything into a sauce pot.
  • Simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes. You want sauce to thicken and flavors to meld together.
  • Stir sauce often to prevent burning.
  • Store in the refrigerator in a covered glass container.


Calories: 49kcalCarbohydrates: 12gSodium: 342mgPotassium: 294mgSugar: 10gVitamin A: 325IUVitamin C: 4.5mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1.1mg
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  • Reply
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    May 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    5 stars
    I think that the BBQ sauce makes or breaks a meal. I LOVE that you can control what goes in and how it tastes! So smart!

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      May 25, 2017 at 5:12 am

      I agree!

  • Reply
    May 24, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    5 stars
    Homemade BBQ is SO much better than store-bought! Saving this recipe for some summer grilling!

    • Reply
      May 25, 2017 at 5:11 am

      I love homemade whenever I can!

  • Reply
    Aish Das-Padihari
    May 24, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    5 stars
    Homemade BBQ sauce sounds super good. No that’s its BBQ season, its great that, we can make our own BBQ sauce. Saving the recipe.

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      May 25, 2017 at 5:11 am

      Just think of all the possibilities….BBQ Chicken, BBQ ribs….

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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    May 24, 2017 at 9:07 am

    5 stars
    Totally agree homemade is ALWAYS best. So glad grilling season is finally here. Lots of tasty recipes to use this on for sure.

    • Reply
      May 25, 2017 at 5:04 am

      It is time to start grilling!

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    May 24, 2017 at 3:05 am

    I love making homemade bbq sauce! So fresh and authentic!

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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    May 26, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    We grill all year long too, Kathy. It’s definitely easier and more fun in the summer! This bbq sauce looks like a winner!

    • Reply
      May 26, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      Everything is more fun in the summer!

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    Danielle @So Munch Love
    May 26, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I love that you grill year round! When we go to visit my mom, we like grilling there during the colder months. She has a gas grill on her front porch, so it’s covered and (relatively) comfy. 🙂 But yeah, you’re totally right– grilling in warm weather is tops. I do love a good homemade bbq recipe, thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      May 26, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      I love bbq sauce on just about anything!

  • Reply
    May 26, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Summer grilling is our favorite too! Love this homemade barbecue sauce! It’s perfect for the grilling season!

    • Reply
      May 26, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Thanks, Kelly!

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