How To Make Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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Wondering how to make homemade barbecue sauce? There’s not a lot that you can buy at the grocery store that you cannot make yourself with a few common household ingredients.  And, it tastes so much better than anything you can buy at the grocery store.   

How to make homemade barbecue sauce

 

How To Make Homemade Barbecue Sauce

You can make up a batch of homemade barbecue sauce quickly. And, then store it in the refrigerator, tightly sealed, up to a month.   We enjoy homemade barbecue sauce on ribs, chicken, and steak.  I add a bit on top of meatloaf sometimes to give it some extra zip.  So, if you’re looking for a BBQ sauce recipe for chicken or a homemade BBQ sauce for pulled pork, you’re in luck.

Now, this homemade barbecue sauce can be made spicier with the addition of hot sauce.  If you don’t like spicy food, you may want to tone down the amount of hot sauce you add to your homemade barbecue sauce. If you want it super spicy, this is THE best hot sauce I’ve used.

How to make homemade barbecue sauce BBQ

So, if you want an easy barbecue sauce recipe with ketchup, you can substitute ketchup for the tomato sauce if you prefer. Just look for ketchup without high fructose corn syrup for the best taste. If you want a barbecue sauce recipe without ketchup, follow the directions below.

Tips for making homemade barbecue sauce

If you’ve never made BBQ sauce before, here are a few tips before you get started.

  • Smoked paprika and regular paprika are not the same things. Make sure that you use smoked paprika in this recipe.
  • Store this BBQ sauce recipe in a tightly covered jar in the refrigerator for up to a week. Or, you can freeze it in a freezer bag for longer.
  • Simmer this on low heat rather than on high. No need to make a mess on the stove.
  • To make it hotter, add a tablespoon of hot sauce to your homemade barbecue sauce.

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How do you make BBQ Sauce from scratch?

My husband is from Texas and barbecue sauce is huge there. This homemade barbecue sauce passes his picky taste test and has quickly become one of our favorite homemade condiment recipes. If you want to try a few more, you can learn to make tartar sauce, homemade mayonnaise, and my easy shrimp cocktail sauce. Or, learn how to make ketchup.

Make sure that you scroll to the end for a printable version of this recipe.

How To Make Homemade Barbecue Sauce for Grilling

Ingredients

This is what you need to make homemade barbecue sauce.

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup of water

You will also need a jar with a tight-fitting lid to store your homemade barbecue sauce.

sauce in a saucepan on the stove

Directions

It couldn’t be easier to make this homemade barbecue sauce.

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring often. If needed, adjust the water to meet your desired consistency.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

How To Make Homemade Barbecue Sauce for Grilling

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Now that you know how to make homemade barbecue sauce, if you want more grilling recipes, why not try these:

Yield: 4

How To Make Homemade Barbecue Sauce for Grilling

How To Make Homemade Barbecue Sauce for Grilling

How to make homemade barbecue sauce for grilling and baking

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup of water

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring often. If needed, adjust the water to meet your desired consistency.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 57Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 513mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

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