Homemade BBQ Sauce is tastier than store-bought with only about 2/3 of the calories! Once you make this BBQ sauce from scratch, you’ll be addicted – my homemade BBQ sauce recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, but you can easily customize it to suit your tastes.
Apple Cider Vinegar – this adds a little bit of tang to your BBQ sauce.
Liquid Smoke – this is an optional addition but it gives the stovetop sauce a wonderful outdoor smoky flavor.
Hot Sauce – this is another optional addition but it gives a slight kick to offset the sweetness. I like to use Frank’s Red Hot.
Step by Step Instructions
This is a one pot recipe for easy clean-up. It only takes 20 minutes from start to finish with just a quick stir and simmer on the stove. Here are the simple recipe steps:
Add ingredients to saucepan – One of the best parts about this easy recipe is there is no chopping or dicing involved. Just measure out the ingredients and add to a medium pot. Stir to combine.
Simmer to thicken – Bring the BBQ sauce to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat and simmer until the BBQ sauce thickens and reduces. This should take about 15 minutes.
Serve or store – You can use the warm sauce immediately or you can cool it and store it to use and enjoy later.
Not only is BBQ sauce easy to make but you can make a batch in advance! Store the sauce in an airtight container (a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid works great). The sauce will keep in the fridge for up to one week, or you can freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw completely in the fridge before using.
When you make BBQ sauce yourself at home, it’s so easy to customize! This recipe is delicious on it’s own, but it’s also a great base that you can adjust to perfectly suit your tastes. Here are some flavor variation ideas:
Sweet – For a sweeter BBQ sauce, add more brown sugar.
Spicy – As written, this recipe is a great balance of spicy and sweet. If you like extra kick and spice, just add more hot sauce until your preferred spice level is reached.
Vegan – The only ingredient in this recipe that isn’t vegan is the Worcestershire sauce as it traditionally contains anchovies. There are vegan Worcestershire options that you can buy instead or use soy sauce instead.
Honey BBQ Sauce – Swap out honey for the brown sugar, adding more honey, as needed.
How to use BBQ Sauce
This BBQ sauce is so easy but the hardest part is deciding how you want to use it up. There are so many delicious options that your whole family will love.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.