Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

A delightful and Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce for chicken, pork, burgers and more. This sauce is a spicy, sweet, and thick barbecue sauce that is full of flavor and has a slight kick!

Have you ever reached into your pantry for an item only to realize you were out of that item? Well, I have! I had planned to barbecue chicken for dinner, and I had everything ready for the grill. I reached into the pantry for the barbecue sauce –NO SAUCE!! Luckily, I had my barbecue sauce recipe on file. I pulled it out, whipped it up, and in just a few minutes my plans were back on track.

Now, when it comes to sauce, there are so many options to choose from. You have your thick, thin, spicy, sweet, hot, sticky, honey, tangy, mustard and the list goes on. Everyone has their favorite.

Make Your Barbecue Sauce From Scratch

This is a very simple barbecue sauce to make from scratch. I am sharing with you my barbecue sauce recipe that is thick and full of flavor. Although this sauce is great on it own, please feel free to add your favorite ingredients to the pot and adjust it to your taste. If you don’t like onions- leave them out. If you want a sweeter flavor- add some honey. The possibilities are endless.

Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce


Barbecue Sauce Ingredients:

Ketchup–This is the base for most bbq sauces.

Molasses–a thick, dark brown syrup used in cooking and baking and adds sweetness and flavor.

Brown Sugar–another sweetener and adds color

Apple Cider Vinegar–used to balance the flavors. I love using ACV whenever I can.

Mustard– I use yellow mustard for this recipe. It’s usually what I have on hand.

Seasonings from your cabinet–garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper

Onion–finely diced

Oil–I usually use vegetable oil for this recipe

Some add-ins might include:

*hot sauce
*hot peppers/sweet peppers
*cayenne pepper

Just throw these in the pot and simmer away. Get creative and try new things!

Once you realize how easy it is to make barbecue sauce at home, you may think twice before you buy barbecue sauce again.

This sauce has lots of flavors, and I believe once you try it, you will love it. It’s easy to mix together, and in about 20 minutes you will have a delicious, thick, and flavorful sauce.

Let me know some of your favorite add-ins for your barbecue sauce.

Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce
Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce

How to Use Barbecue Sauce

Add BBQ sauce to just about any grilled meats. I have found this goes great with chicken and pork. I have even added some of this homemade BBQ sauce to the top of my burgers.

Try this sauce with Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs.

If you are not a fan of buffalo wing sauce, you can easily swap the sauce in this recipe for Homemade Barbecue Sauce. Grilled Buffalo Chicken Tenders is an awesome recipe with Barbecue Sauce.

Be sure to check out these side dishes to serve with your grilled foods and Barbecue Sauce.

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Bacon and Broccoli Salad

Crock Pot Corn on the Cob

Tangy Coleslaw


easy homemade barbecue sauce

Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Gina Abernathy
A delightful barbecue sauce for chicken, pork, burgers and more. This sauce is a spicy, sweet, and thick barbecue sauce that is full of flavor and has a slight kick!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American


  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 onion finely diced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil


  • Add oil to a saucepan and cook onion on medium for about 5 minutes.
  • Combine all ingredients in the same pan with the onion and bring to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Pour into a Mason Jar. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to a week.
Keyword easy, homemade, barbecue, sauce


  1. 5 stars
    I’m definitely keeping this recipe in my recipe binder for those days where I have an emergency. This sauce sounds amazing.

  2. 5 stars
    Anything homemade count me in. The process is so simple and the sauce lasts you a long time. Thank you so much.

  3. Homemade BBQ is the best. This recipe looks great, I will have to give it a try. I often make my own BBQ sauce as well, which includes Dr Pepper in it and it’s so good.

  4. I wonder if you could can homemade barbecue sauce in a pressure canner? This would make a great gift. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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