Homemade BBQ Sauce is a smokey, sweet and delicious homemade bbq sauce recipe that is perfect for ribs, chicken and so many other recipes! Made with simple, real ingredients you probably already have on hand!
Best Ever Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe
You all know I am a HUGE fan of grilling, smoking, etc. so this easy bbq recipe comes in so handy! I love that is sweet (but not too sweet) and perfectly smokey. Love using this on my favorite oven baked ribs, smoked baby back ribs and crockpot bbq chicken (and so many other recipes!). And it pairs perfectly with this Dry Rub for Ribs!
Why This Recipe Works
- Smokey: I gotta have some smoke in my bbq sauce – we get this smokiness from using liquid smoke!
- Sweet: a good bbq sauce is also nice and sweet (but not crazy sweet) – we get our sweetness here from the coconut sugar and honey. If you want it extra sweet you can do two things 1) use a more traditional ketchup instead of the Primal Kitchen brand I recommended 2) add in the molasses that is optional until you have reached your desired sweetness level.
- Real Ingredients: I love making my own homemade bbq sauce because I know exactly what is going in it – simple ingredients! And it tastes SO good!
What You Will Need
- ketchup: I used the Primal Kitchen brand because I love how clean their ingredients are. That being said, you can use a different brand the result will just a bit a bit sweeter of a bbq sauce.
- tomato paste: this helps keep the consistency nice and thick.
- apple cider vinegar + lemon juice: this adds in some nice acidity.
- coconut sugar + honey: this is where the sweetness mainly comes from (unless you opt to add in the molasses).
- worcestershire sauce: this adds in almost an umami flavor that helps bring about a great depth to the overall flavor.
- kosher salt + ground black pepper: because you always gotta season!
- garlic powder + onion powder + paprika: these seasonings round out the flavor nicely!
- liquid smoke: here is our smokiness! I love using liquid smoke in my recipes – it’s also really good in chili!
- (optional) molasses: this is optional and helps make the sauce more of that traditional darker color.
How Long Does Homemade BBQ Sauce Last
If you are making a homemade bbq sauce like this one it will last for up to 2 weeks when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also freeze it in a freezer-safe container for up to 6 months (don’t forget to leave room at the top for expansion during the freezing process).
How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce
Gather your ingredients.
Add to a saucepan.
Stir to combine.
Place on the stove top and bring to a light simmer – let simmer (uncovered) for about 10-15 minutes – this will help it thicken more and really help those flavors all meld together.
Let cool and then use in your favorite recipe!
We love using this homemade BBQ sauce for ribs like this Oven Bake Ribs recipe!
Or these Smoked Baby Back Ribs!
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Homemade BBQ Sauce – this homemade bbq sauce recipe is sweet and smokey and perfect for so many recipes (like ribs, bbq chicken, etc)!
- 2 cups ketchup*
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespooon worstershire
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- (optional) 1-2 teaspoons molasses
- Combine ingredients in a small/medium saucepan. Stir to combine.
- Place on stove and bring to a simmer. Let simmer a bit to help thicken and let flavors meld together, about 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Use in your favorite recipe (we love these Oven Baked Ribs, these Smoked Baby Back Ribs and this Crockpot BBQ Chicken).
- Ketchup: I used Primal Kitchen’s ketchup that is made with super clean ingredients and no added sugar. If you use a different ketchup that is sweeter you might not need the molasses so be sure and taste before adding.
- Smokey: if you want it even smokier I would recommend adding additional liquid smoke 1/4 teaspoon at a time until you have reached your desired level.
- Paleo: if you want this to be paleo simply use the Primal Kitchen ketchup and skip the molasses.
- Storage: store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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