February 25, 2024
Best homemade BBQ Sauce

Best homemade BBQ Sauce recipe by 3 ways

Best homemade BBQ Sauce recipe by 3 different ways quick and easy to make and full of the best tangy, smoky and slightly sweet flavors that everyone is sure to love!

This BBQ Sauce recipe that is the perfect condiment for grilled chicken, brisket, ribs, burgers, sandwiches, and even nachos or pizza! also It is make-ahead friendly, freezer friendly and make-EVERYTHING-better friendly!

1- Best homemade BBQ Sauce recipe with ketchup and lemon


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Stone House Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce optional


  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a medium saucepan then situated over medium heat.
  2. Allow to come to a bubble and then reduce the heat to low.
  3. Allow to simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  4. Also serve immediately or allow to cool slightly and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  5. You can use this sauce immediately on ribs, chicken, pork, salads, and so much more!
  6. This is makes 2 cups of sauce, If you have prepared this sauce as a make-ahead recipe to use for meal prep, you can allow it to cool slightly and then pour it into a jar.
  7. Also seal it with a tight-fitting lid and store in the refrigerator to use for quick and easy meals throughout the week!

2- Best homemade BBQ Sauce recipe with tomato sauce and garlic


  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • optional: a few pinches of cayenne


  1. Combine ingredients, then whisk all ingredients together in a medium saucepan.
  2. Simmer, cook over medium-high heat until the sauce reaches a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer (uncovered) for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce has slightly thickened.
  3. Also you can use this sauce immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 week.

3- Best homemade BBQ Sauce recipe with brown sugar


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup unsulphured molasses (not blackstrap)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup brown sugar, packed (⅓ C for less sweet)
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup seedless blackberry preserves
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (mesquite)
  • 1 tsp EACH smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp EACH chipotle chile powder, onion powder, ground mustard, pepper, salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme


  1. Add all of the BBQ Sauce ingredients to a medium saucepan then stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a simmer then reduce to LOW to gently simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Some ways To Use BBQ Sauce:

  1. Traditional bbq meat: Grilled or pulled chicken, pulled pork, ribs, burnt ends, etc.
  2. Baked beans: BBQ sauce is a simple and delicious way to flavor a batch of baked beans.
  3. Burgers: Use it as a spread on your favorite burgers.
  4. Pizzas: Use it in place of pizza sauce. (Hello, bbq chicken pizza!)
  5. Soups/salads: Mix it into broths to flavor soups, or use the sauce as a dressing for your salad.
  6. Tacos/quesadillas/burritos: BBQ sauce is also a great way to give your favorite Mexican dishes a different twist.
  7. Dipping sauce: And of course, it’s always a great dipping sauce for everything from chicken nuggets to veggie sticks to cocktail meatballs and more!

Tips and Tricks for best homemade BBQ Sauce recipe

  • Molasses: make sure you are using unsulfured molasses and NOT blackstrap molasses (it will say on your jar).
  • Liquid smoke: imparts a wonderfully smokey flavor that elevates the BBQ Sauce to an other realm. Also it is a very common ingredient and should be easy to find next to the barbecue sauces in your grocery store.
  • Blackberry preserves: if you can’t find blackberry preserves, I’ve had readers comment they have also used strawberry preserves, raspberry preserves, fig preserves and apple jam with success.
  • Chipotle Chili Powder: if you don’t have chipotle chili powder, then you can add a pinch-¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper. You will need much less because cayenne pepper is much spicier. You also might want to add an extra splash of liquid smoke to make up for the missing smokey chipotle flavor. In the future, I suggest you keep chipotle chili powder stocked – also it adds a sublime smokey heat.
  • Uses: Homemade Barbecue Sauce has so many delicious uses from basting, to smothering, to dipping!
  • It is particularly scrumptious on grilled meats such as chicken and pork as well as smothering slow cooker pulled meats.

You can make your homemade BBQ Sauce perfect for you

  1. Vegan option: To make vegan bbq sauce, just be sure to use a vegan brand of Worcestershire.
  2. Gluten-free option: To make gluten-free bbq sauce, just be sure to use a GF brand of liquid smoke.
  3. Make it sweeter: Add more honey, to taste, but if you want to Make it smokier: Add a touch more liquid smoke, to taste.
  4. To make it thicker: Simmer the sauce for longer until it reduces to your desired consistency.
  5. Make it tangier: add additional apple cider vinegar at the end of simmering.
  6. Make it spicier: add additional chipotle chile powder for smokey heat or cayenne pepper for penetrating heat.
  7. Make the seasonings your own. Like more garlic? Use more garlic. Like more mustard? Use more mustard. You can adjust all of the seasonings to suit your tastes and even add additional seasonings such as oregano or parsley.
  8. Maple BBQ Sauce. Substitute half of the brown sugar for pure maple syrup – not the breakfast imitation kind!

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