Homemade BBQ Sauce

This homemade BBQ sauce recipe is a classic blend of sweet, tangy, and smoky flavors that will elevate any dish you pair it with. Perfect for marinating, grilling, or dipping, this versatile sauce is a must-have in your kitchen arsenal

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Easy to make with simple ingredients
  • Customizable heat level to suit your taste preferences
  • Adds a delicious flavor to a variety of dishes
  • Can be stored for a few weeks, making it convenient for meal prep


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional: hot sauce or cayenne pepper for heat (adjust to taste)


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients over medium heat.
  2. Stir well to combine and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer gently for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens slightly.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. If you like it spicier, add hot sauce or cayenne pepper to taste.
  5. Once the sauce reaches your desired consistency and flavor, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly.
  6. Transfer the BBQ sauce to a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a few weeks.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: Makes about 2 cups
  • Kcal: Approximately 120 calories per serving


Store the homemade BBQ sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a few weeks. Make sure the lid is tightly secured to maintain freshness.

Recipe Tips:

  • Experiment with different types of vinegar for a unique flavor profile.
  • Adjust the sweetness and tanginess by varying the amounts of brown sugar and vinegar.
  • Use this BBQ sauce as a marinade, glaze, or dipping sauce for a variety of dishes to add a burst of flavor.

Enjoy this homemade BBQ sauce on grilled meats, burgers, ribs, or as a delicious dipping sauce for fries or chicken tenders. Get ready to elevate your dishes with this flavorful condiment!

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