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Homemade BBQ Sauce

My husband Jack loves making his own Homemade BBQ Sauce. We considered naming it “Sweet Baby Jack’s BBQ Sauce” because it tastes just like the bottled Sweet Baby Ray’s brand of barbecue sauce. (Maybe even better!)


How do you make Homemade BBQ Sauce?

What’s great about this Homemade BBQ Sauce is that it is made with ingredients you probably have already in your kitchen!

In a saucepan, you’ll start out by sautéing some sweet Vidalia onions in a little bit of oil until soft and translucent. Then stir in some tomato paste, cooking for a few minutes more.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Next – add the rest of the ingredients, including ketchup, molasses, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, liquid smoke, and all sorts of seasonings and spices including paprika, chili powder, cumin, dry mustard, and more.

Just let your Homemade BBQ Sauce simmer on the stove for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce will thicken and the flavors will meld nicely together.

This Homemade BBQ Sauce is just as good as the store bought variety, and it makes about four cups of saucethe perfect amount to have on hand for all of your summer grilling recipes!


Homemade BBQ Sauce

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Homemade BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quarts
  • Category: sauce
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


2 tablespoons olive oil

½ cup sweet onion, diced fine

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

½ cup apple cider vinegar

2 cups ketchup

¼ cup molasses

¼ teaspoon liquid smoke

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon dry mustard

Pinch cayenne pepper


In a medium non-stick sauce pan over medium to medium low heat, add oil and once heated, add onions and cook for five minutes stirring with a wooden spoon.

Add tomato paste and mix and cook for five more minutes, stirring often.

Add all other ingredients, heat, cover with a splatter screen and cook on medium low to low for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir again and refrigerate until needed. This sauce will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Keywords: homemade BBQ sauce, barbecue sauce


Homemade BBQ Sauce


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  • ciaotebaldi wrote:

    Looks great! This recipe is an excellent guide for quantities and ideas so one can doctor it to suit their own or their families taste. Thank you!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you! Absolutely, feel free to adapt to suit your tastes.

  • Kattrinka wrote:

    Hi Martha, I believe that it’s the grilling that gives the authentic BBQ taste, not the liquid smoke.

    • Martha wrote:

      Absolutely Kattrinka – but our sauce wasn’t make in a smoker. 🙂 Without the liquid smoke in this sauce, you’d basically have a molasses-flavored ketchup.

  • Kattrinka wrote:

    This recipe looks very good, but I will definitely leave out the liquid smoke. Why make it taste like yuck store bought when you take the time to make it with love?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Kattrinka – You can leave the liquid smoke out if you prefer, but we think you’ll miss out on the ‘barbecue’ flavor in this sauce. You are correct in that too much liquid smoke can be overpowering, but we add only enough to give this sauce a light smoky flavor. Having said all of that, you can (of course) adapt the recipe to suit your tastes however you’d like!

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