The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce Ever!

The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce

Happy Thursday..most of your work weeks are almost over and mine will be starting As much as I enjoy the couple nights a week to get out of the house alone…and as much as I HATE leaving my little man for any reason, sometimes I wish the couple nights I left weren’t to go to work but to actually enjoy some alone time…shopping, dinner, even a drink haha (definitely the drink!) C’est la Vie! I wouldn’t trade this handsome little munchkin for ANYTHING!

This was the first time I’ve made homemade BBQ Sauce..and all I can say is what the hell was I waiting for?! This stuff is like liquid crack. I haven’t been able to stop eating it by the spoonful’s for two days…I’m not even joking! I’m obsessed with it! I made it initially for these crazy burgers..(more on that later!) and since then have used it on sandwiches, mini chicken bites, to spoon into my mouth…and the ideas popping into my head to just gobble it right up are endless! I will NEVER buy store-bought again, this was to easy and the end result is just far to amazing! You are welcome! 😉

The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce Ever!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: About 20 ounces

The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce Ever!

This is a sweet BBQ Sauce! If you're looking to make it spicy, (like Ill do on my next batch!), just cut back slightly on the sugar and add more cayenne!!


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 8 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne


  1. Add all ingredients to a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to simmer and allow to simmer for 45 minutes-1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat, allow to cool before storing it in the fridge! (That is if you don't eat it all first! ;) )


Adapted from: The Neelys





  1. bbq is liquid crack for me and i’m addicted to it. i put it on EVERY.THING. fries, tater tots, chicken, beef..omg i could go on forever. this looks so good and something i need to get on my stove to make!

  2. Let me first say no disrespect to you. I am a chef, and have a very open palate. This is the WORST sauce of any kind i have ever put in my mouth. I tastes like mold or something has gone sour. I purchased all the ingredients fresh today and just finished making it, and had to pour it down the drain. What a waste!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • If you were a real chef, you would at least have an idea of what the recipe would taste like. “Open palate”, what a joke.

      • May I also add that this is a standard base for Midwest American Barbecue. As a chef, you might think about expanding your limited palate.

    • Jeez, rude much? I’m glad the author of this blog has more tact than you and responded nicely to such a rude unnecessary comment.

  3. This recipe sounds great! Cant wait to try it. Bet it will be tasty and lovely in flavor :)

  4. I can’t wait to try this. And your son had the same color hair as i get with henna. My father in law used to say how cute my kids would be wIth red hair. I hated telling him it wasn’t real. He is adorable. Thanks for the recipe And i Will now look fOr more ur website. Lately all my fave brands are now adding hfcs.

    • Thank you so much! Its funny how kids hair changes as they grow! My sons went from jet black, to red, and now its blonde! So cute though!

  5. Found this recipe through Pinterest and it’s currently cooking on the stove. I halved the recipe since it’s just two of us but so far liking the results. Thanks for the post!

  6. I agree good sauce is ‘liquid crack’. I have one for u. E mail me at and ill give it too u. U wont be sorry. Didnt mean to offend u, like ur site. Im a foodie well before being a chef.

  7. Looks great sounds great, will give it a bash, p.s. everyone seems to think they are experts…. you keep up the great posts :) great pic of your child :) I have 4 kids lol not as cute… they have all grown up! and surprisingly survived my cooking hahahaha

  8. Love this sauce! I’ve made it several times and my family and friends love it! Best Recipe! Thank You So Much! If you don’t like it then the problem is you not the recipe because it’s AMAZING!!!!

  9. This was the best as promised. I love chipotle heat and wonder how you could add this heat to the sauce. I made my third batch today. Tomorrow oatmeal toasted coconut chocolate chip cookies.
    Thank you for sharing.


    • oh I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m working on a new Spicier BBQ Sauce, so keep an eye out! Hope you enjoy the cookies as well!!

  10. Made this recipe tonight as I ran out of BBQ sauce and it was amazing, hubby loves it and I added a grilled nectarine blended in there and it was amazing!

    • oh Im SO glad that you guys enjoyed it! LOVE the addition of the nectarine–I bet that was amazing!

  11. OMG this baby is so cute !!!!!! I will try that amazing recipe very soon. Bonne journée.

  12. Hi! I’m an italian girl, just wanted you to know that today is the second time I’m making this, ’cause it is SO AWESOME. I bought worcestershire sauce mistaken it for bbq, then I found out I could make my own and tried your recipe. It looked so easier than other recipes, and in fact it is. I just used “datterini tomato sauce” instead of ketchup, but it turned out soooo good, so THANK YOU! :)

  13. I wanted so much to love this sauce, but it came iut so cloyingly sweet it’s virtually in edible. I don’t have time to go buy bottled sauce and have no clue how to save this! I simply can’t fathom how anyone could like this sauce :( what a waste…

    • I’m sorry it didn’t turn out for you, is there anything I can do to help you figure out where you may have gone wrong?

  14. OMG!!!! I just added 2 1/2 TBS to the pot with all the other perfectly measured ingredients!!!! What so I do without having to throw out my other ingredients???!!!!???!!! Help me please!!!

  15. We loved this…only one problem… I walked out of the room and my wonderful hubby was concerned that I left out the Cayenne so he added more…it was a little spicier than I like but still really yummy!!! Thank you for the recipe!

  16. This is my go to recipe now. Thank you for it! I have found I can also add all the ingedients to a small crockpot and whisk together. Put on low and in the morning I have delicious BBQ sauce.

  17. Alaina, your BBQ sauce looks boss. I think I’m going to have bump up the cayenne, but otherwise, this sounds like it just might replace my store-bought sauce (the infamous Sweet Baby Ray’s) and hopefully it does.

  18. I love the recipe, used it a few times now. I reduce the ketchup by 1/4 and replace the difference with chili paste. I reduce the water by 3/4 and replace with whisky or spiced rum. Then I add a couple cloves of crushed garlic and a teaspoon of ground celery seed.

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