Homemade BBQ Sauce

Sure you can buy it at the store, but homemade BBQ sauce tastes infinitely better and is SO easy to make! Here’s how to make BBQ sauce.

BBQ Sauce

Ever made BBQ sauce at home? If not, it’s time to try. This BBQ sauce recipe is so tangy and savory, you won’t want to buy store bought ever again! Whether it’s to paint onto burgers or steaks or shrimp, this homemade barbecue sauce goes with just about anything and takes only a few minutes to whip up. Alex actually invented it for a recipe featuring something you’ll never guess (BBQ…guess!), but we decided it was too good not to share separately too. So: here’s everything you need to know about making homemade barbecue sauce — keep reading for the recipe!

Related: Mustard BBQ Sauce | Sugar Free BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ sauce

How to make BBQ sauce

Why make homemade barbecue sauce when it’s easy to find at the store? First of all, the flavor is out of this world. It tastes so, how do we say it…real, it’s hard to want to go back. Second, you can control the ingredients that go into your BBQ sauce, so you don’t have loads of sugar or preservatives. And lastly: it’s so easy! It’s truly nothing more than throwing ingredients into a pot and simmering.

How to make BBQ sauce? Here are the main steps:

  1. Place the ingredients in a saucepan: organic ketchup, apple cider and white vinegar, maple syrup, smoked paprika, soy sauce, cumin, hot sauce, and salt.
  2. Simmer for 10 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  3. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

For the ketchup, it’s preferable to get an organic or natural ketchup. Take a look at the ingredients on the container and make sure they’re pretty normal: you may want to make sure there is no high fructose corn syrup.

How to make BBQ sauce

How to serve BBQ sauce

Of course, there are a multitude of ways to serve BBQ sauce that you probably have already thought of! But if you’re in need of inspiration, here are some delicious recipes with BBQ sauce that we love:

Homemade barbecue sauce

Types of BBQ Sauce

Want to make homemade BBQ sauce from scratch? Here are our best recipes with several types of BBQ sauce!

Mustard BBQ Sauce

This mustard BBQ sauce might just be the easiest barbecue sauce you can make at home. Made with mustard, honey, and vinegar, it’s tangy and sweet all at once.

Sugar Free BBQ Sauce

Looking for a sugar free BBQ sauce? This tangy vinegar barbecue sauce is so flavorful, you’ll hardly notice there’s no added sugar (promise).

Vegan BBQ Sauce

Why buy a vegan BBQ sauce when you can make it at home? It tastes way better than store bought: oh and it takes just 10 minutes!

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Sure you can buy it at the store, but homemade BBQ sauce tastes infinitely better and is SO easy to make! Here’s how to make BBQ sauce.

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This recipe is vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free, and refined sugar free.

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Homemade BBQ Sauce


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x

Description

Sure you can buy it at the store, but homemade BBQ sauce tastes infinitely better and is SO easy to make! Here’s how to make BBQ sauce.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat for 10 minutes on low heat.
  2. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 1 month.

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: BBQ sauce, Homemade BBQ sauce, How to make BBQ sauce, homemade barbecue sauce

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Brittany
    June 3, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Do you have a BBQ sauce recipe that starts with tomatoes (canned or fresh) rather than ketchup? We try to eat as little precessed food as possible…

    Thanks!

    • Reply
      Alex
      June 4, 2019 at 10:06 am

      We don’t, but maybe we’ll work on one for you!

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