Home > Dressings, Dips, & Sauces > Sauces > BBQ Sauce Recipe BBQ Sauce Recipe June 14, 2022 | No Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Looking for a BBQ Sauce recipe that is easy to make and customize to your taste? This recipe has you covered! We’ll share a recipe for a tangy, sweet and smoky sauce that is perfect for chicken, ribs, pork, and to use as a dipping sauce. You can adjust the flavor to suit your preference, whether you like it sweeter or spicier or somewhere in between. Impress your friends and family at your next summer cookout with this delicious homemade sauce! The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe! Are you tired of the same old BBQ sauces from the grocery store? This recipe is perfect for any type of meats, whether it be chicken, ribs, pork or even as a dipping sauce. It’s tangy, sweet and smoky, with a hint of heat to tantalize your taste buds. But what makes this recipe truly special is that you can adjust the flavor to your preferences. Whether you like it sweeter or spicier, you can adjust the recipe however you like. So, fire up your grill and get ready to impress your guests with this delicious homemade BBQ sauce recipe. It’s the perfect addition to any barbecue and will take your summer cookout to the next level! Why Make Your Own Sauce? There’s no denying that packaged BBQ sauces are convenient and easy to use, but making your own sauce at home has its own set of benefits. For starters, homemade BBQ Sauce is fresher and doesn’t contain the added preservatives and artificial ingredients that commercial sauces do. This means that the flavor of your sauce will be more intense and authentic. Another benefit of making homemade BBQ Sauce is that you have complete control over the ingredients and can adjust the recipe to make it uniquely yours. You can make it sweeter, spicier, tangier or even add your own special twist to the recipe by incorporating your favorite spices or herbs. Sauces from the store tend to be one-dimensional and often lack the depth of flavor you get with homemade. There’s a good reason for that, too: mass-produced sauces need to appeal to a wide range of tastes. Getting too specific with flavors limits how many people will like it. How To Make BBQ Sauce Here are our top tips for making your own BBQ Sauce: Taste as you go: The great thing about making your own BBQ sauce is that you can adjust the flavors. Be sure to taste the sauce as you go and make tweaks as necessary. You can add more sugar for sweetness, more vinegar for tang, or some hot sauce for heat. Experiment with different ingredients: The key to making great BBQ Sauce is to use high-quality ingredients. You can experiment with different types of sweeteners, such as honey or brown sugar, or different types of vinegar, like apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar. You can also try adding different herbs and spices like garlic, cumin, or smoked paprika to give the sauce some depth of flavor. Cook the sauce: Simmering the sauce for a long period not only reduces and thickens the sauce but it also allows all the flavors to meld and intensify. What Is BBQ Sauce Made Of? When it comes to making delicious and authentic homemade BBQ Sauce, the ingredients you use make all the difference. This recipe features a combination of classic ingredients that create a perfect balance of sweetness, tanginess, and spiciness. The base of the sauce is made with ketchup. This provides a rich tomato flavor and gives the sauce a nice consistency. Water helps thin out the sauce a bit, making it easier to brush on your meat. Next is apple cider vinegar, which provides a tangy and slightly sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with the ketchup. The sauce is then sweetened with a combination of light brown sugar and white sugar. This gives the sauce a balance of sweetness that isn’t overwhelming. Garlic powder and ground mustard provide depth of flavor and a nice aroma. Finally, to balance out the sweetness and tanginess of the sauce,we add lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. These ingredients provide a nice acidity and umami flavor to balance out the sweetness and add a nice depth of flavor. Don’t forget salt and pepper–which brings everything to life! STORAGE Storage Storing this homemade BBQ sauce is easy and will help to maintain its freshness and flavor for a longer period of time. Cool the sauce completely: Before storing the BBQ sauce, let it cool completely to room temperature. Use an airtight container: Transfer the cooled BBQ sauce to an airtight glass or plastic container. Make sure to leave as little air as possible in the container. Refrigerate: Homemade BBQ sauce can last for up to 2 weeks if stored properly in the refrigerator. Can You Freeze Homemade BBQ Sauce? Yes, freeze the BBQ sauce for a longer shelf life. Allow the sauce to cool completely and then pour it into an airtight container or resealable freezer bags. Be sure to leave as little air as possible in the container to prevent freezer burn. Homemade BBQ Sauce can be stored in the freezer for three to four months. When ready to use, thaw the sauce for several hours or in the refrigerator overnight. Stir it well before using and check for the texture, flavor and overall taste before consuming. How To Use Homemade BBQ Sauce There are many ways to use this homemade BBQ Sauce recipe. Here are a few ideas: As a marinade: Before grilling, brush the sauce on meats like chicken, pork, beef, fish or tofu to add extra flavor and make them more tender. As a basting and finishing sauce: While cooking, baste meats with the BBQ Sauce to add more flavor and keep everything moist. Finish off grilled meats by brushing with more sauce for even more flavor. As a dip: Offer BBQ Sauce as a dip for grilled vegetables, chicken wings, or other appetizers. As a sandwich spread: Spread BBQ Sauce on sandwiches or burgers to add a delicious zing to your sandwich (we love it on these quick BBQ Chicken Sandwiches. As a salad dressing: Mix BBQ Sauce with sour cream or mayo to make a tangy salad dressing (like in this BBQ Pasta Salad). QUICK TIP We love using this homemade sauce in the following recipes: BBQ Pork Mac and Cheese, BBQ Chicken Tacos With Coleslaw, BBQ Chicken Salad, BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza, and 3 BBQ Dinner Recipes with 1 Rotisserie Chicken. More Summer Favorites: Summer Pasta made with summer veggies and Italian sausage Mexican Zucchini Boats topped with cheese Homemade Coleslaw, or this fun Apple Coleslaw Summer Couscous Salad with fresh cherry tomatoes Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa and sweet corn FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. BBQ Sauce Recipe 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe Looking for a BBQ Sauce recipe that is easy to make and customizable to your taste? This recipe has you covered! We'll share a recipe for a tangy, sweet and smoky sauce that is perfect for chicken, ribs, pork, or to use as a dipping sauce. You can adjust the flavor to suit your preference, whether you like it sweeter or spicier. Impress your friends and family at your next summer cookout with this delicious homemade sauce! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe BBQ Sauce Recipe 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Looking for a BBQ Sauce recipe that is easy to make and customizable to your taste? This recipe has you covered! We'll share a recipe for a tangy, sweet and smoky sauce that is perfect for chicken, ribs, pork, or to use as a dipping sauce. You can adjust the flavor to suit your preference, whether you like it sweeter or spicier. Impress your friends and family at your next summer cookout with this delicious homemade sauce! Course condiment, Dip, sauce Cuisine American, grilled, Vegetarian Keyword BBQ Sauce Recipe Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes Servings 3 cups BBQ sauce Calories 134kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $3.50 Ingredients▢ 3 cups ketchup good quality--we like Heinz ▢ 1-1/2 cups chicken broth▢ 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar▢ 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed▢ 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar▢ 2-1/4 teaspoons onion and garlic powder▢ 2-1/4 teaspoons ground mustard▢ 1 teaspoon paprika▢ 1-1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice▢ 1-1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce▢ Fine sea salt & pepperUS - Metric USMetric InstructionsCOMBINE: Add all ingredients to a large saucepan over medium heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (I start with 1 teaspoon of each and add more from there.) Whisk everything together until it's smooth and well combined. SIMMER: Bring the mixture to a simmer, and then lower the heat to maintain a low simmer. Let it simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 25 minutes. Stir occasionally during this time to ensure the sauce simmers and thickens evenly. The sauce should have a thick, syrupy consistency and a well-developed flavor when it's done. (Don't rush the simmering, this is where the magic happens!) FINISH: Taste the sauce and adjust to your personal preference, adding more salt, pepper, sugar, etc. as needed. If it's too thick, you can thin it out with a splash of water. Serve the sauce warm, not cold. Enjoy! Recipe NotesNote 1: Ingredients: The better the ingredients used, the better the sauce tastes. We're big fans of Heinz® ketchup in this sauce and Bragg's® apple cider vinegar. Neither sponsors of this post-- just what we use and enjoy! Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 684mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 323IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.5mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.