May 2, 2022

The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce

homemade bbq sauce

Homemade BBQ sauce that is tangy spicy, sweet, and savory, but most important, this bbq sauce will have you licking your fingers and going back for more.

What are the components of BBQ sauce?

BBQ sauce from scratch isn’t as hard as you may think. Most bbq sauces have ketchup, vinegar, some type of sweeteners such as honey, brown sugar, and/or maple, onion powder, spice Worcestershire sauce, and salt. Depending on the type of bbq, ingredients may change. Every region has their own bbq style and that determines how the sauce tastes.

BBQ Sauce Ingredients

The key to the best bbq is the best ingredients. I use ketchup as a base but I never use ketchup made with corn syrup! Always get organic ketchup made with real ingredients. I also use apple cider vinegar. Some people don’t like this but I love how the acid balances the sweetness of the brown sugar and maple syrup.

homemade bbq sauce

How do you make your own bbq sauce?

Making your own homemade bbq sauce is super simple!

STEP ONE: Add ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup to a medium saucepan over medium heat.

STEP TWO: Stir all the ingredients until they are mixed well.

STEP THREE: Add the spices! Onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and smoked paprika. Mix all the ingredients well and cook for 15 minutes over medium-low heat. Make sure to stir the bbq sauce often so that it doesn’t burn. Cook the sauce until it is thick.

BBQ Sauce Recipe

The BEST Homemade BBQ Sauce

Sweet spicy and tangy bbq sauce that keeps you coming back for more.
Cook Time20 mins
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq sauce, condiments
Author: johnniemay


  • 1 cup organic ketchup ketchup that isn't made with 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 salt


  • Add ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir well until ll ingredients are mixed well.
  • Add smoked paprika, onion powder, salt, and cayenne pepper to the sauce. Mix well.
  • Cook on medium low heat, while stirring every few minutes, for about 15 minutes. Serve over your favorite foods.

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