Best Ever Homemade BBQ Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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Once you try this epic homemade BBQ sauce, you’ll never want to have the bottled BBQ sauce ever again!  This barbecue sauce has so much soul, such deep flavor, so finger-lickin’ good!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

OMG! This sauce has such complex flavor dimensions: a little spicy, a little sweet, a little sour, a little smokey, A LOT amazing! Lick your fingers clean, super clean! Not just fingers – you’ll want to eat that mouthwatering homemade BBQ sauce with a spoon straight from a bowl!

Best Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

Do you like your BBQ sauce chunky or smooth? Decisions, decisions! I like mine chunky, so that’s what you see on these pictures :) Want it smooth? No problem, it’s the same recipe! To make your barbecue sauce smooth, just process it in a blender to desired consistency.  Yes, it’s as simple as that!

This homemade BBQ sauce makes the plainest dishes come alive!  Just a dash of this magic sauce transforms an ordinary piece of chicken, meat or fish into a finger-licking goodness!

Brush this barbecue sauce on foods before baking, roasting or grilling.  Then brush some more at the end, for the last 5 minutes of cooking! And don’t forget an extra bowl of this BBQ sauce for dipping, because everybody will want more and more!

Here are some amazing recipes that will be awesome to go with this homemade BBQ sauce: baked barbecue sausages, BBQ chicken grilled cheese, grilled chicken kabobs, hot dog skewers and crispy breaded chicken!

How To Make BBQ Sauce

How To Make BBQ Sauce

Making your own BBQ sauce is really easy and only takes 20 minutes!  First, cook finely chopped onions with chili powder in oil on a frying pan until tender. Then add the remaining ingredients – ketchup, vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt and pepper.  Mix everything and simmer for 10 minutes.  That’s it!  Anyone can make this easy barbecue sauce, and the results are so worth it!

BBQ Sauce Recipe

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Best Ever Homemade BBQ Sauce

This homemade BBQ sauce is absolutely epic! It's so full of flavor, so finger-licking good you won't believe it! You must make this amazing BBQ sauce for your next party, it will make you a star!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Heat the oil in a non-stick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and chili powder, and cook, stirring periodically, for 5 minutes.
  • In a bowl, combine ketchup, vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and garlic. Add this mixture to the frying pan and stir. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • If you want to have your BBQ sauce chunky, leave as is. If you want it to be smooth, blend it in a blender.
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  1. Hi Melanie,
    Thanks for this unique recipe! We’ve been trying to mimic a local sauce and lo and behold – here it is! Thanks for taking the time to do this!

  2. The baked sausages with your homemade BBQ sauce was out of this world. When i cooked it i tried one to see if it was the way you said it ould be, well let me tell you after that first one i had 4 more i couldnt stop eating it. The problem was with my 5 guest ×hen i looked down into the baking dish there were only 5 left i really didnt feel bad because i enjoyed every morsel but what to do with the guest problem solved i took them all out to dinner, by the way you owe me 109 dollars for the dinner i handled the tip thank and please be careful what you send me “IM SO WEAK”

  3. Thankyou for sharing your recipe. I used it as a loose start/proportions for the left over rib rub (which contained similar ingredients). I scaled it way down and microwaved it (time constraint) now can’t wait til my pot is clean and I can try a full size batch!

  4. Hi, I just saw this recipe for homemade BBQ sauce that sounds yummy! I was wondering could you can this, if so would it be a water bath and do you know for how long? Thank you!

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