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A spoon of homemade bbq sauce over a mason jar that is also full of bbq sauce.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


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


  1. Combine ingredients in a small/medium saucepan. Stir to combine.
  2. Place on stove and bring to a simmer. Let simmer a bit to help thicken and let flavors meld together, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool. 
  4. 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.