This Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe is a constant around here. My guy is borderline obsessed, and I think it’s pretty darn tasty too.
Homemade condiments tend to taste so much better than store-bought, I think – plus, they’re super budget-friendly.
This bbq sauce starts with store-bought ketchup (I have yet to tackle the homemade version of that), but I figure that when I choose a ketchup with natural ingredients and no high-fructose corn syrup, I’m starting off with an advantage.
Tangy, just a little tingly, a tiny bit spicy, and so, so easy to make, our go-to homemade barbecue sauce comes together in less than 20 minutes – and most of that is just simmering time.
How Do You Make Homemade BBQ Sauce?
It’s so easy. Just …
- Grab a saucepan
- Add the ingredients: Ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire, apple cider vinegar, red pepper flakes, and garlic.
- Simmer until perfect
This BBQ sauce recipe is an adaptation from this Crock Pot southern barbecue recipe on About.com’s Southern Food Guide. We’ve been making this sauce for years now, and now that barbecue season is heating up (get it? heating up?! sorry), we can’t wait to break it out to brush on and mix into all sorts of good things.
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Our Very Favorite Homemade Barbecue Sauce
- 2 cups ketchup
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (use gluten-free, such as Tamari, for a gluten-free version)
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (can sub vegan or vegetarian Worchestershire sauce)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
- 2 medium cloves garlic (minced) (about 2 teaspoons)
- Add all ingredients to a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, and continue simmering for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool. Place in an airtight container. Keeps refrigerated for up to one week.