Making homemade BBQ sauce is easy and we’ll show you how to make BBQ sauce with a sweet, tangy flavor, that can be used with your favorite BBQ recipe.

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The other day we talked about how to make your own BBQ Dry Rub and today I’m going to show you how to make BBQ sauce. It’s sweet and smokey with just a little pinch of cayenne pepper for a bit of a kick. Use it on it’s own or pair it with a homemade BBQ dry rub for BBQ perfection!

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I use this easy homemade BBQ sauce on everything, Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork, Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs, BBQ Pork Quesadillas…it’s pretty much amazing. The key to a great homemade BBQ sauce is layering the flavors. You need a ketchup and sugar for sweetness, some tangy vinegar, a little smokey flavor from liquid smoke, and a pinch of heat. Throw in some standard spices, dry mustard, garlic powder, and onion powder,  and a little Worcestershire and you’ve got an awesome BBQ sauce.

How to Make BBQ Sauce

  • In a saucepan whisk all ingredients together until they are well combined.
  • Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, and then reduce to a simmer and let cook, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and it’s ready to be used. If you are making it ahead of time let it cool before placing it in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a saucepan whisk all ingredients together until they are well combined. 
  • Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, and then reduce to a simmer and let cook, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat and it's ready to be used. If you are making it ahead of time let it cool before placing it in a sealed container in the refrigerator. 

Notes

Note: I like my BBQ sauce with a little kick so I add the cayenne pepper. Feel free to leave that out, or substitute with a chipotle chili powder or regular chili powder, if you like your sauce less spicy. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 105kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Sodium: 591mg, Potassium: 260mg, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 335IU, Vitamin C: 3.2mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 0.6mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue sauce, bbq sauce, sweet barbecue sauce