BBQ Sauce

BBQ sauce is a beloved condiment that adds a rich, smoky, and slightly sweet flavor to various dishes. Whether it's slathered on grilled meats, used as a marinade, or served as a dipping sauce, BBQ sauce can elevate the taste of your meal to a whole new level. This recipe offers a perfect balance of flavors, combining sweetness, tanginess, and a hint of spice, making it versatile for various dishes.

It's easy to make, uses simple ingredients, and can be adjusted to suit your personal taste preferences. Once you try this homemade version, you might never go back to store-bought sauces!

Why This Recipe Works

Simple Ingredients, Big Flavor: One of the best things about this BBQ sauce recipe is its simplicity. It uses ingredients that are likely already in your pantry, like ketchup, vinegar, and a blend of spices. Despite the simple ingredients, the sauce packs a punch of flavor. The combination of sweet, tangy, and spicy elements creates a complex taste that enhances any dish it's paired with. This balance of flavors is what makes this BBQ sauce stand out - it's not just another condiment, but a flavor enhancer that brings life to your meals.

Versatility and Customization: Another reason to love this recipe is its versatility. It's perfect for all types of eaters - whether you like your sauce sweet, spicy, or somewhere in between. You can easily adjust the levels of sugar or spice to suit your taste. This recipe also works well with various cooking methods. Use it as a marinade for grilling, a topping for burgers, or a dip for appetizers. Its ability to complement a wide range of dishes makes it a must-try recipe. Plus, homemade means you know exactly what’s going into your sauce, free from preservatives and artificial flavors found in many store-bought options.


Tomato Ketchup: Base of the sauce, adds sweetness and tang. Substitute: Tomato paste mixed with vinegar.

Brown Sugar: Adds richness and depth. Substitute: Honey or maple syrup.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Gives a tart flavor balance. Substitute: White vinegar or lemon juice.

Worcestershire Sauce: Adds a complex, umami flavor. Substitute: Soy sauce mixed with a bit of tamarind paste.

Smoked Paprika: Gives a smoky taste. Substitute: Liquid smoke or chipotle powder.


  • Adjust sweetness and tanginess to taste.
  • Simmer sauce to meld flavors.
  • Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Use quality ingredients for a better taste.
  • For a spicier sauce, add cayenne pepper or hot sauce.

How to Serve

BBQ sauce is versatile and can be used in various dishes. It's perfect as a marinade for meats, a flavorful addition to burgers, or as a dipping sauce for appetizers.

  • As a glaze for grilled chicken or ribs.
  • Mixed into pulled pork for a tangy flavor.
  • As a dip for chicken tenders or fries.

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BBQ Sauce

"Easy homemade BBQ sauce recipe with a perfect blend of sweetness, tang, and smokiness. Ideal for grilling, dipping, and marinades."
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Corrie


  • 1 cup tomato ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional: cayenne pepper for heat


  • In a saucepan, combine all ingredients.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, allowing flavors to blend.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Let cool before using. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.


Calories: 725kcal Carbohydrates: 186g Protein: 4g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0.1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g Sodium: 2658mg Potassium: 1255mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 162g Vitamin A: 2249IU Vitamin C: 15mg Calcium: 184mg Iron: 4mg


Adjust sweetness and tanginess to taste.
• Simmer sauce to meld flavors.
• Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
• Use quality ingredients for a better taste.
• For a spicier sauce, add cayenne pepper or hot sauce.
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