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Homemade BBQ Sauce – Simple and Easy to Prepare

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This homemade BBQ sauce will hit every button you have when it comes to flavor! It's super easy and uses regular pantry ingredients.

I have been on a roll here lately with making my own homemade condiments. If you have missed them you need to check out my posts for homemade ranch dressing, making your own mayonnaise, homemade ketchup and more. 

Now — I can add homemade bbq sauce to that list as well. And this will be one of the most simple and tastiest recipes you have ever made.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

How to Make Your Own Homemade BBQ Sauce

I haven't bought condiments from the store for a long time (except for mustard). Making my own has become a passion of mine because I love the fact that I can control what goes in them. 

Doing so allows me to be able to add more heat or sweet if I want to, or I can make it more tangy with vinegar. The possibilities are endless!

Homemade BBQ Sauce

The hardest thing about this recipe is the waiting period while it simmers on the stove. You just simply throw everything together and let it cook down for the most amazing bbq sauce on the planet.

How Long Can You Keep Homemade BBQ Sauce in the Refrigerator?

Homemade bbq sauce will last a couple of months in the refrigerator. Once you make it up and allow it to cool, just store it in an airtight container ( I usually use Ball canning jars for that) and place in the fridge.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

How can I thin out BBQ Sauce?

If this sauce is too thick, you can thin it out a bit.

Add 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of the BBQ sauce until you've reached the desired consistency. Taste the reserved sauce. Compare it to the thinned sauce. If the thinned sauce isn't as spicy as the reserved sauce, add a few drops of hot sauce.

How can I cut the acidity in BBQ Sauce?

If you have too much vinegar taste in your bbq sauce, you can cut down on the acidity by following these tips.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Adding brown sugar to a tomato-based barbecue sauce helps cut down on the tartness of the vinegar. It provides an extra flavor punch along with sweetness and dissolves quickly into a simmering pot of sauce. Add a little at a time, by the teaspoon, and keep tasting to make sure the sauce isn't getting too sweet.

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Yield: 2 cups

How to Make Your Own Homemade BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce

This homemade bbq sauce will be your new favorite sauce for all things BBQ!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or Worcestershire​ sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of all purpose seasoning like Lawry's


  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a sauce pan on medium high heat and allow the sauce to cook for about 25 minutes. If the sauce begins to bubble too much, turn it down to medium low.
  2. Remove from the stovetop and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container such as a Ball canning jar and place in the refrigerator.
  3. Sauce should last about 2 months in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 tbsp

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 347mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g

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Ruth I

Friday 22nd of March 2019

I didn't know it's so easy to make bbq sauce. We always buy a ready sauce but I think this is much better!


Friday 22nd of March 2019

This would be right up my husband's alley especially with BBQ season here. Homemade is so much better and I like that I'll know what goes into the sauce.


Friday 22nd of March 2019

I love that you easily make sauces and condiments at home that taste BETTER than store bought!


Friday 22nd of March 2019

BBQ sauce is a must in our house. I've never made it at home but I am sure that is better than the bought one!

Annemarie LeBlanc

Friday 22nd of March 2019

This is awesome. I would rather make my own BBQ sauce than to go for the expensive bottled ones in the store. Thank you for the recipe. I will start making my own soon.

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