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This sauce is not only delicious, but it's also quick and easy to make. Enjoy this wonderful barbecue sauce as a condiment or use as a marinade.

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IngredientsServes: 12

  • 125g ketchup
  • 125ml water
  • 2 tablespoons black treacle
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon light brown soft sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

MethodPrep:5min ›Cook:15min ›Extra time:8hr chilling › Ready in:8hr20min

  1. Beat together the ketchup, water, black treacle, Worcestershire sauce, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, light brown soft sugar, salt, hot pepper sauce, garlic granules and black pepper together in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan and place over medium heat.
  2. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low and continue cooking at a simmer, stirring together, another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Pour into a glass jar and store uncovered in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight. This allows the flavours to blend and reduce any sharpness from the vinegar.

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by Fiona45

Very quick to prepare and a tasty sauce. I also whipped this together when I was out of barbecue sauce (and Tabasco), so added 1/2 of a finely diced chipotle pepper (drained off the adobo sauce), and used a sugar-free ketchup, because husband needs to cut down sugar. Chipotle added a nice underlying smokiness to the taste, I would recommend it. Simmered it for about 35-40 minutes, because I needed it that night. It was quite good even the same day, but was definitely a better sauce the next day, worth the wait. It was a hit, and will make it again. Thank you for adding it.-08 Jul 2010

by Smokey

good sauce, i used regular vinegar and it turned great... next time i'll use different kinds of vinegar to see whats flavors come out... but i liked it, i cooked up some choppe up chicken and made some chicken sandwiches with it.... now ribs are cooking and i'm gonna do those with the sauce....-26 Jul 2010

by Laura

Delicious. Tangy and sweet and very zippy! I reduced the Tabasco by half so there would be a higher chance that my kids would eat it. I made it the night before, and then used it on beef ribs in the crock pot. Wonderful flavor! The ribs are gone, but I've been eating the leftover sauce on rice all week. I'll make this again any time I need a bbq sauce and have time to let it sit all night.-28 Jun 2010

The Best Easy BBQ Sauce Recipe Ever

Barbecue sauce is such an interesting thing. Everyone seems to have an opinion on it and there are so many amazingly tasty variations of it as well. I love making this easy homemade BBQ sauce recipe! There’s something satisfying saying that “I Made This Sauce!” It’ll impress both friends and family alike!

How Do You Make Homemade BBQ Sauce?

My husband just happens to be a pro at throwing together the perfect barbecue sauce with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. For this particular recipe though, I started throwing ingredients in the prep bowl and then he came in and took over, lol. (He’s the one with a good taste for it!)

I had to write down everything he did and make him measure it. (Normally he goes based on taste alone). This recipe is the sauce that he came up with! It’s actually a very easy BBQ sauce recipe to make. It’s a little sweet, yet a little tangy and just slightly spicy. If you don’t like the spice, reduce the pepper down to 1/4 teaspoon and leave out the Tabasco Sauce.

To actually make this recipe, I’ll let you follow the directions toward the end. Be sure to follow them closely. If you end up leaving out the ingredients that make it spicy, don’t worry. It’ll still taste amazing!

How Do you Thicken Homemade BBQ Sauce?

I know, sometimes you set out to make the perfect homemade BBQ sauce and then later find that it’s more runny than you think it’s supposed to be (or that you would prefer). There’s a few ways to thicken your homemade bbq sauce. I’ll list them below:

  1. Cook it down. The longer you cook it, the more it will reduce (or cook down), which will thicken the sauce.
  2. You can use flour. Just add 2 tablespoons of flour to 1/4 cup of cold water. Mix it well, then stir into the sauce. This should not change the taste.
  3. Use cornstarch. Mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of cold water. Stir and mix well while cooking over medium heat a few more minutes, as it thickens.

How to Make Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce in the Bellini Kitchen Master

The Bellini Kitchen Master is a fun machine! It’s both a food processor and/or blender, PLUS it cooks and stirs food while it’s cooking it. It’s pretty amazing!

For this particular recipe, I put the fresh ingredients into the prep bowl to chop my garlic and onion into tiny bits. Then, I added the rest of the ingredients and cooked it in the Bellini Kitchen Master for 30 minutes until it was good and done. It was AMAZING!

I’ve made a video for you below:

For more information about the Bellini Kitchen Master, you can visit their website, enter the giveaway BELOW for a chance to win a free one OR you can even buy one on Amazon. If you’d like to see me use it in another recipe, be sure to click over to the Homemade Tomato Basil Soup Recipe. You can even steam vegetables and fish in it! It’s truly amazing!

What Do You Serve this Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce on?

We ended up putting the BBQ sauce over some chicken in the slow cooker and cooked it all night. I saved a little more sauce though so that I could also dip it in it. YUMMM!!

(This amazing recipe was brought to you by Bellini Kitchen Master)

Barbecue squid with toasted rice dip

Squid is a brilliant healthy option for the grill, with this crunchy rice dip adding extra vibrancy and heat.
Olia Hercules,

Serves 4
350g baby squid
½ tbsp vegetable oil

For the dip
50g rice
2 small garlic cloves
2 bird's eye chillies, seeds in, roughly chopped
2 lime leaves, julienned
Juice of 2 limes
1 tsp palm sugar
2 tsp fish sauce
2 tbsp coriander, chopped

1 To make the dip, heat a dry frying pan and toast the uncooked rice until golden all over. Grind to a coarse powder in a pestle and mortar. Add the garlic and bash to a paste. Add the chillies and lime leaves then bash again. Finally add the lime juice, palm sugar and fish sauce, stir and taste. Stir in the coriander.

2 Toss the squid in oil and skewer them. Throw them on the hottest part of the barbecue. Grill for about 2 minutes, depending on the size of the squid you have.

Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

Kansas City sauces are the most popular on the market. This one, so much better than bottled, has all the richness you want in a great barbecue sauce. The perfect combination of tangy and sweet works with everything and you can kick up the heat if your taste demands.

This classic, sticky barbecue sauce has a ketchup base and uses sugar and molasses to achieve the thickness it's famous for. Add vinegar, spices and a generous teaspoon of cayenne (more or less to taste) and cook for 30 minutes. The sauce should be cooled off before using.

Keeps in the fridge for 5 days.

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I LOVE Carolina cider based bbq, that's why I love this bbq sauce so much! Thanks so much for sharing, Teri, sweet of you – added to my list of things to make. Have a wonderful weekend!

If you like Carolina style cider based bbq sauce, you'll love this one. My husband and I have been making it for years and everyone just loves it. The recipe is for a large batch for canning. And you'll want keep every ounce of it for yourself, but folks will be begging you for it. Trust me!

4 Cups Apple Cider Vinegar

4-5 Cups Water (depending on desired consistency)

1/2 Cup BBQ Spice (see next page for recipe)

3 Cups Chopped White Onion

Combine all ingredients above in a large pot. Turn heat up to medium high and stir well to melt sugar and dissolve mustard. Bring to a boil (stirring frequently) then turn heat down and allow mixture to simmer (stir frequently) until onions are translucent

(approximately 20 minutes). Then add:

1/3 Cup Worcestershire Sauce

Stir mixture well and bring back to a simmer for approximately 45 minutes, stirring
frequently. Let stand to cool. Pour into canning jars while still warm to seal lids.

The longer the sauce simmers (at the end) the thicker the sauce will be, but you must continue to stir the mixture. Keep in mind that as the sauce cools it will thicken. If you bottle the sauce, always refrigerate after opening.

The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce You’ll Ever Have

I give this homemade bbq sauce an A+++++++ (And that just brought me right back to 5th grade, ha!) But seriously, if you love Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce, this is a must try. I found this Sweet Baby Ray&rsquos copycat recipe from Half Baked Harvest on Pinterest and knew I had to try it.

We recently switched to homemade bbq sauce because, why not? For starters, its soooo easy to make. It&rsquos so easy that you almost can&rsquot even call it cooking and the results speak for themselves. It&rsquos way better than anything you&rsquoll get in a store. And take a look at these spices:

Hello pretty little spice palate! Plus anything that starts with garlic and salt is meant to be delish. Am I right?!And the smoked paprika, oh that smoked paprika! The color is gorgeous but the taste? Phenom. Smoked paprika is such a wonderful little spice. The smokiness that it lends to the bbq sauce is essential to making the flavor explode. If you don&rsquot have smoked paprika, get it! There&rsquos no substitution for it&hellip unless, I guess, you use liquid smoke.

But there&rsquos something about liquid smoke that creeps me out. It is the most unnatural sounding thing in the whole world. It&rsquos an oxymoron. Liquid smoke? No thank you, I am not eating that. Anyways&hellip use the smoked paprika!

By the way, I must have had a total mom brain moment when putting together my spices. I&rsquom really not sure why a put the garlic in two different piles. Oh well&hellip There&rsquos nothing like going back to edit your photos and wondering wtf I was thinking.

I like to mix my spices together before adding to the rest of the ingredients in the pot. This way I can make sure I get all the little clumps out. I find that dried spices like the paprika and mustard sometimes form little clumps. I really want my spices incorporated into the wet bbq sauce base really well so nobody wants a clump of spices in their sauce.

I apologize for overusing the word clump. There was just no way around it.

Since barbecue sauce is really an individual taste type of thing, taste your sauce often while its cooking to check for seasoning. You can add more sugar, vinegar or cayenne pepper to suit your taste buds. But don&rsquot do what I did and eat a Reese&rsquos peanut butter cookie cup right before you taste the sauce.

After you add the cornstarch, taste it again and check the consistency. Again, add ingredients to taste or more cornstarch/water for a thicker sauce. If it&rsquos too thick, add a little water. That&rsquos all there is to it and now you know how to make homemade bbq sauce! Also, don&rsquot be like me and eat a handful of trail mix before tasting. Oops&hellip #thetoddlermademedoit

And did I mention I made this sauce right before lunch?

This homemade bbq sauce recipe is just hands down excellent. Put it on anything your little heart desires. It&rsquos good on anything and everything, even strawberries. That was only discovered because, again, #thetoddlermademedoit. She was upset her strawberry got in her bbq sauce (for dipping her nuggets) and gave it to me.

Then demanded I eat it. Since parenting a toddler often involves picking your battles, I ate said strawberry. I was pleasantly surprised because it was actually good. Thank god&hellipNow go make this easy homemade barbecue sauce! Try it with my BBQ shortribs or BBQ chicken potato skins too! Thank you, Half Baked Harvest, for sharing this Sweet Baby Ray&rsquos copycat recipe! You totally #nailedit


  • 2 cups prepared yellow mustard
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco or other hot sauce


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and simmer slowly for about 30 minutes, being careful not to scorch.
  2. Allow to cool before tasting, then adjust seasonings. Sauce will keep one week in the refrigerator.

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Best Ever Homemade BBQ Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Once you try this epic homemade BBQ sauce, you&rsquoll never want to have the bottled BBQ sauce ever again! This barbecue sauce has so much soul, such deep flavor, so finger-lickin&rsquo good!

OMG! This sauce has such complex flavor dimensions: a little spicy, a little sweet, a little sour, a little smokey, A LOT amazing! Lick your fingers clean, super clean! Not just fingers &ndash you&rsquoll want to eat that mouthwatering homemade BBQ sauce with a spoon straight from a bowl!

Do you like your BBQ sauce chunky or smooth? Decisions, decisions! I like mine chunky, so that&rsquos what you see on these pictures :) Want it smooth? No problem, it&rsquos the same recipe! To make your barbecue sauce smooth, just process it in a blender to desired consistency. Yes, it&rsquos as simple as that!

This homemade BBQ sauce makes the plainest dishes come alive! Just a dash of this magic sauce transforms an ordinary piece of chicken, meat or fish into a finger-licking goodness!

Brush this barbecue sauce on foods before baking, roasting or grilling. Then brush some more at the end, for the last 5 minutes of cooking! And don&rsquot forget an extra bowl of this BBQ sauce for dipping, because everybody will want more and more!

Here are some amazing recipes that will be awesome to go with this homemade BBQ sauce: baked barbecue sausages, BBQ chicken grilled cheese, grilled chicken kabobs, hot dog skewers and crispy breaded chicken!

The Best Damn Keto Chipotle BBQ Sauce Ever

I’ve spent years perfecting my own BBQ sauce. Living in Minnesota, getting good BBQ (or a good steak or Tex-Mex) is impossible.

Ok, maybe it’s not impossible, but I haven’t found it. Yet.

And even if I did find a restaurant that makes great bar-b-que, I’m pretty positive I’d be getting the sweet/spicy/smoky/salty/sour flavors in the form of tons of sugar or high fructose corn syrup, MSG, weird extracts, and other non-Real Food ingredients.

99% of the time, it tastes better and has better ingredients when I make it myself.

I’m finally ready to share our family BBQ sauce recipe! And because we don’t eat sugar, I’ve made this immersion blender BBQ sauce sugar-free and keto-friendly.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon hot red pepper sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke

5 pounds chicken drumsticks and thighs
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the sauce: Heat the oil in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, hot pepper sauce, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Bring to a simmer, stirring. Reduce the heat to very low and simmer, stirring often to avoid scorching, for 15 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the liquid smoke. Use immediately or cool completely, cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

For oven-baked chicken: Rinse the chicken under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Arrange the chicken in a single layer in a large roasting pan. Brush the chicken with the oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.

Skim the fat from the pan juices. Spread all of the sauce over the chicken, return the pan to the oven and bake, uncovered, until the chicken is glazed and shows no sign of pink when pierced at the bone, about 15 minutes.

Transfer the chicken to a large platter. Stir the sauce and juices that have accumulated in the pan and pour them over the chicken. Serve hot.

For grilled chicken: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bake the chicken for 45 minutes in the preheated oven.

In the meantime, build a charcoal fire in an outdoor grill and let the coals burn down until covered with white ash and medium-hot (you should be able to hold your hand over the coals for about 3 seconds). If using a gas grill, preheat on high, then adjust the temperature to medium. Remove the chicken from the oven, transfer it to the grill and cook, basting often with the barbecue sauce, until glazed, about 15 minutes.