How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce Cooking

Homemade BBQ Sauce Cooking

In my opinion, BBQ just isn’t the same if you don’t have a great BBQ sauce to compliment the meat you slow cooked.  And making a Homemade BBQ Sauce is something everyone should try.  It’s easy, it’s fun, and you might just discover you can whip up a batch of homemade bbq sauce that rivals your favorite store brand!


As you’ll see by looking around this website, we’ve collected tons of great BBQ Sauce Recipes you can try.  Homemade BBQ sauce recipes are actually very simple and quick to make, so there’s no need to be scared of trying to make it even if you are a novice cook.  Just a few simple ingredients and your off to making your very first batch of homemade BBQ sauce.


Just to get you started with a simple recipe, give this one a try!


Basic Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe
Recipe type: BBQ Sauce
Cuisine: BBQ

  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ cups ketchup
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper (or more if you like it hot!)

  1. Prepare all the ingredients so chop the onions and mince the garlic.
  2. Heat up the oil on medium heat in a saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, gently stirring.
  3. Add the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, chili powder and cayenne (use more cayenne if you like it hotter).
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Makes around 2½ cups.


As you can see, making your own homemade BBQ sauce just isn’t that complicated!  Check out our section called “The Basics” for a description of the 4 basic types of BBQ sauces that we have in the U.S.  I will say there is a 5th type called Alabama White BBQ Sauce which is a Mayonnaise based sauce which is still fairly unknown.  For more information on the history of this type of BBQ check out our section on White BBQ Sauces.


Another advantage of making your own homemade barbecue sauce is freshness and no preservatives.  So, for the health conscious and organic fans, making your own homemade bbq sauce is a great way to go!


I’ve put together a huge list of sauces of all varieties and have attempted to organize them for easy browsing.


A Hot and Spicy BBQ Sauce Recipes section dedicated to all kinds of hot BBQ sauces using different kinds of hot peppers and spices.


A Fruit Based BBQ Sauce Recipes for recipes based on every type of fruit you can think of from Apples to Watermelon.


A Citrus Based BBQ Sauce Recipes for the Orange, Lemon and Lime based recipes. (Also, Pineapple for the more adventurous!)


Honey BBQ Sauce – There’s nothing like the sweet honey based BBQ sauces.


Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce Recip (TGI Friday’s Knockoff!) – I think just about everyone loves the grack Jack Daniels BBQ sauce servicd at TGI Fridays.


So, dig in, find a recipe you want to try, or heck find two or three and get cookin!  You’ll soon discover that you too can make great homemade BBQ sauce and enjoy experimenting with different recipes that you won’t be able to find at your local grocery store.


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