Homemade bbq sauce is so much tastier than the bottled version. With this easy and customizable recipe you can control the tang, the sugar, the spice level, and can leave the HFCS on the shelf.
Homemade BBQ Sauce
I have been on the hunt for the perfect homemade bbq sauce recipe for awhile. I hate buying the bottles of bbq sauce at the store. They are plenty tasty, but most of them contain mostly sugar or high fructose corn syrup, and I knew making my own couldn’t be too difficult. I tried quite a few variations before coming to this one, which is perfect for my family’s tastes. It’s just spicy enough, not too vinegary, and not too sweet.
The best part about this homemade bbq sauce is that this recipe can totally be customized to you. It’s so easy. If you like more spice add extra cayenne. Too sweet? You can cut down a bit on the brown sugar. Want a more natural sweetener, try honey. The adaptations are endless.
When you tell your friends you made homemade bbq sauce they will be so impressed. The funny thing is, this is literally one of the easiest recipes in my arsenal. Promise. Granted, there are quite a few ingredients, but if you look closely at the recipe they are almost all spices. You will also notice by looking at the recipe that there is basically one step to making this sauce. Put all the ingredients in a pan and boil/simmer it. That’s it.
One thing that was hard for me to find in my quest for the perfect bbq sauce recipe was a delicious recipe that didn’t have ketchup. I had the same problem coming up with the perfect recipe for homemade baked beans. Don’t get me wrong, I actually LOVE ketchup. My husband teases me every time I dip a chicken wing or chicken finger in ketchup. Hey, some childhood habits you just never kick, okay!? Anyway, I DON’T love using ketchup in my cooking. The main reason is because ketchup is processed and high in sugar (even the natural kinds) so when I use it in my cooking I don’t realize that I’m adding lots of extra sugar. I prefer to keep my ingredients list a little more simple. That way, when I dump in 3/4 C brown sugar (like I do in this recipe) I know that’s all the sugar I will be using.
This recipe makes a big batch. I chose to do it that way because I hate part cans of this and that hanging around. Besides, after you taste it you’ll thank me for the big batch. If there’s no way you can possibly get through so much barbecue sauce before it goes bad in the refrigerator (I’d say after 1-2 weeks), try freezing it. You can freeze it in ziploc bags, or mason jars filled not quite to the top.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for the perfect homemade bbq sauce. Let me know if you make it by tagging me on fb, twitter, instagram, etc…
Have you ever tried homemade bbq sauce? What makes bbq sauce perfect, should it be sweet and tangy, hot and smoky, or all of the above!?
- 2 15- oz can tomato sauce
- 1 6- oz can tomato paste
- 1 C red wine vinegar
- 3/4 C brown sugar
- 1/2 C molasses
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- tsp Salt tt, ~1
- Mix all ingredients in a large saucepan.
- Bring ingredients to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. It will probably sputter like crazy, so if you don't want to be cleaning your entire stove afterward, stir regularly.
- Simmer for 20-30 minutes. When finished and cooled, sauce should be slightly thick. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks, or freeze in ziploc bags or mason jars for a few months. Use in any recipe calling for bbq sauce.