Homemade BBQ Sauce

Summer has arrived and with it has come the season of barbequing! No BBQ is complete without the perfect homemade BBQ sauce. Smokey, a little sweet and a hint of spice is the perfect description for this sauce.

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Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

Wondering why homemade bbq sauce is better? I’m glad you asked! Storebought sauces can be filled with yucky unneeded ingredients that can muddle the flavor. Additives and preservatives such as corn syrup can distort the flavor.

Easy BBQ Sauce Recipe

This BBQ sauce can be described as your quintessential sauce. It’s smokey, tangy, and slightly spicy. All the flavors balance and complement each other.

  • Flavorful– this recipe combines brown sugar, maple, spices, and apple cider vinegar to create a smooth and delicious sauce
  • Easy- this is a simple 15-minute recipe. There are only 3 steps and you don’t need any fancy equipment to get the job done.
  • Healthier– That’s right! Just as I mentioned earlier, making your own sauces can be a simple way to control the flavor and quality of these sauces.
  • Versatile- You can use this sauce for almost anything.


  • Ketchup- Make sure to use organic ketchup or one without corn syrup
  • Brown Sugar- I usually light brown sugar because it has less molasses.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar- The “tanginess” associated with BBQ sauce is usually created by this.
  • Maple Syrup- Adds sweetness without skimping on flavor
  • Spices- This recipe calls for onion powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, and salt; Perfect spice combination for a delicious sauce.
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How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce

This recipe is super easy to make. All you need is 15 minutes, a saucepan, and a few ingredients.

  1. First, gather your ingredients and measure them out as you add them to your saucepan. Your saucepan should be set on medium heat. Then stir to combine the ingredients.
  2. Once the sauce starts to bubble cover with the lid and lower the heat to simmer for 15 minutes. Don’t forget to stir often. Lower the heat if it starts to burn.
  3. Remove the sauce from the source of heat to cool. Give the ingredients another stir to make sure the ingredients are well combined.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Homemade Easy BBQ Sauce

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bbq sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce

  • Author: Johnniemay McDonald
  • Total Time: 25 minutes


Sweet and spicy easy homemade BBQ sauce.


  • 1 cup organic BBQ sauce (made without corn syrup)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat add all of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, cover and lower the heat to a simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat source and let cool.
  4. Serve and enjoy.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: BBQ sauce, BBQ

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