Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Homemade BBQ Sauce

With summer grilling season just around the corner, this is a recipe you’ll want to have on hand. 

With just a few simple ingredients, you will have yourself a delicious BBQ sauce.  We’ve been using this recipe now for months and LOVE it.  

While we love our Cherry BBQ sauce, sometimes it’s nice to have a less elegant taste in a BBQ sauce. You know, a BBQ sauce that everyone likes – even kids.  This recipe is simple and fits the bill for a traditional BBQ sauce. 

We have it tweaked to our tastes (read – not very spicy), so feel free to add to this base to make a BBQ that satisfies your family too.  It’s great on pulled pork or chicken, ribs, burgers and more! 

Homemade BBQ Sauce


  • 1 C ketchup, or 1 C tomato sauce + 2 T brown sugar
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dried mustard
  • 2 T molasses
  • 1 T minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder or minced garlic


Begin by combining the 1 C ketchup or 1 C tomato sauce + 2 T brown sugar with 2 T cider vinegar and 2 T molasses.  Stir well.  Then, add in the 1 T minced onion, 1 tsp. dried mustard and 1/2 tsp. garlic powder.  Stir to blend. 

If you are using this as a marinade – say for pulled pork or chicken, go ahead and add it to your dish when the time is right.  If you’d like to use this one as a sauce – place the ingredients into a small saucepan, and heat them until the reach a slow boil, stirring often.  Heat for ~10 minutes.  Then, cool to room temperature, and pour into a storage container. 

Use right away or store refrigerated for 3-4 weeks. 


  1. I am so thankful I found your blog with all the great recipes you are sharing. :)

  2. I wanted to let you know I saw your recipe for blueberry cinnamon rolls yesterday when I looked at your menu plan. I made them this morning and was thrilled with the result. I subbed spelt for the whole wheat and coconut milk for the milk with perfect results. Thank you! I Love that you use whole grains with little added fat and sugar and the taste is not compromised but enhanced. Thank you for all you do!

    1. Thanks, Linda! I'm glad you like the recipes; those blueberry cinnamon rolls are one of our favorites.

  3. Love it! I need to get some molasses. I just don't stock it and need to. Want to do some pulled pork soon! Thanks!

  4. Excellent barbecue sauce recipe. I used it when I made barbecue chicken pizza tonight. Yum!

    1. Oh....BBQ chicken pizza - wish I would have known you were making that for dinner! I would have stopped by :)

  5. Thanks!
    I am trying to make more things myself and get rid of the junk in our kitchen.
    I added this to my pinterest board for grilling.


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