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Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

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Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe is a perfect way to add big flavor to your barbecue or any recipes that call for BBQ sauce. So easy to make in 10 minutes in one pot, you’ll be making your own BBQ sauce from now on!

BBQ Sauce with a spoon.

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

BBQ sauce is one of the most important condiments in our home. Everyone has a favorite, and this Tangy Carolina BBQ Sauce is right at the top of the list! Just the right amount of sweetness and heat. Making this homemade BBQ sauce recipe is so easy and allows you to customize the flavors to your liking.

Try these delicious BBQ inspired recipes: Slow Cooker Pineapple BBQ Meatballs | BBQ Air Fryer Sausage and Potatoes | Spicy Bourbon BBQ Steak Kebobs | Jalapeno BBQ Instant Pot Wings

The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make Homemade BBQ Sauce (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the easy to print recipe card):

  • Ketchup – ketchup serves as the base of the BBQ sauce. Use any brand of traditional ketchup that you like.
  • White vinegar – white vinegar adds that tangy flavor. Apple cider vinegar can work too, but will change up the flavor.
  • Brown sugar – we used light brown sugar. Dark brown sugar is a good option if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Yellow mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Onion powder
  • Black pepper – freshly cracked black pepper is the best, but any ground black pepper is good.
  • Cayenne pepper – the cayenne adds just a little heat to this BBQ sauce.
  • Salt

ingredients

How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce

In a medium saucepan, whisk together all ingredients. Heat over medium heat until the mixture begins to simmer, stirring often.

whisking together vinegar, ketchup, mustard, and seasonings.

Simmer for 6-8 minutes until thickened, then remove from the heat.

cooking sauce in a pot.

Use the sauce immediately or pour into an airtight food storage container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

freshly made Carolina BBQ Sauce in a jar.

How to Store Homemade BBQ Sauce

Because homemade BBQ sauce contains no preservatives, it is not shelf stable. Keep it in a sealed container (like a jar with a lid) in your refrigerator for up to three days.

Although this sauce doesn’t keep long, it’s so easy to make, you can whip up a batch any time!

Homemade BBQ Sauce in a glass bottle.

Variations

Pepper – Instead of black pepper, try using white pepper. It adds nice flavor but has a smoother, more powder-like texture than cracked black pepper.

More Heat – If you like your BBQ sauce extra spicy, add more cayenne pepper to taste.

Sweetness – Sweeten the sauce the way you like it! More sugar for a sweeter BBQ sauce or less sugar if that’s what you prefer.

pouring homemade BBQ Sauce into a small dish.

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Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

Published By Jill
Homemade BBQ Sauce is a perfect way to add big flavor to your barbecue or any recipes that call for BBQ sauce. So easy to make in 10 minutes in one pot, you'll be making your own BBQ sauce from now on! 
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together all ingredients. Heat over medium heat until the mixture begins to simmer, stirring often.
  • Simmer for 6-8 minutes until thickened, then remove from the heat.
  • Use the sauce immediately or pour into an airtight food storage container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
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Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

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So simple and easy to make. It’s delicious. No more store bought sauce for me.5 stars

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