This Homemade BBQ Sauce is ready in under 30 minutes. No more store-bought BBQ filled with ingredients you can’t pronounce. Make this BBQ sauce today!
Use this homemade BBQ sauce with our Grilled BBQ Chicken Bowls or BBQ Chicken Breast or even our Honey Maple BBQ Sweet Potato Wedges. We’ll walk you through the steps, and you’ll be on your way. Does it get any better?
Time to BBQ!
This homemade BBQ sauce pairs well with SO many great grilling recipes, but it doesn’t stop there. We have plenty of stove-top and slow cooker recipes that you’ll be able to use this BBQ sauce with as well!
We love this BBQ sauce recipe because it’s perfectly savory and sweet, plus it’s not filled with a long list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce let alone want in your food. In this BBQ sauce recipe, we used ingredients you likely already have on hand in your kitchen.
Ingredients You Need
- Tomato sauce
- Grated white onion
- Grated garlic
- Dark brown sugar
- Chili powder
- Salt & pepper
- Apple cider vinegar
And that’s it! Truly, these 12 ingredients come together to make that perfect BBQ flavor you love, but without all those store-bought fillers. Plus, it’s super easy to make.
How to Make BBQ Sauce
Making homemade BBQ sauce doesn’t need to be complicated or time consuming! After a few simple steps, you’ll have a batch of BBQ sauce to use right away for your next grilling adventure, or to keep in the fridge for up to a week.
Heat a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Then place all the BBQ sauce ingredients into the sauce pan, making sure to mix all the ingredients well (we used a whisk!), and bring to a boil.
Turn heat to low, and let the BBQ sauce simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
Seal & Store
When BBQ sauce is finally cool, pour into a large mason jar, and tightly seal the cover. This can be used right away, or stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Homemade BBQ Sauce Q & A
How long can you store homemade BBQ sauce?
Great question! While many store-bought BBQ sauces are packed with so many ingredients and preservatives that the shelf life is years, this BBQ sauce contains only 12 ingredients, and will last up to a week in the fridge.
Because this recipe makes about 2 cups of sauce, it’s perfect to use when grilling for a group, or if you’re making multiple BBQ recipes throughout a week to ensure you use it all up!
What can you store homemade BBQ sauce in?
We like to store our homemade BBQ sauce in a Mason jar with a tight lid. This not only prevents it from spilling when it’s in the fridge, but also allows you to give it a nice shake before you use it ensuring all the ingredients are mixed sufficiently when you use your BBQ sauce.
What goes well with BBQ Sauce?
What DOESN’T go well with BBQ sauce? On Fit Foodie Finds we have tons of great recipes with pair well with BBQ sauce.
From grilled chicken recipes to buddha bowls and salads, you’re sure to find something you’d love to serve with your homemade BBQ sauce like:
- Grilled BBQ Chicken
- Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken
- Grilled BBQ Chicken Bowls
- Sweet Maple BBQ Sweet Potato Wedges
- BBQ Quinoa Turkey Burgers
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons grated white onion
- 1 tablespoon grated garlic
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- Heat a small sauce pan over medium/high heat.
- Place all BBQ sauce ingredients into the pan, mix well, and bring to a boil.
- Turn heat to low and let BBQ sauce simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- When BBQ sauce is cool, pour into a large mason jar, tightly seal the cover, and place in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Tips & Notes
This recipe was updated on September 8, 2021 to include additional ingredients for enhanced flavor. For the original recipe click HERE.
Serving Size: 2 tablespoons Calories: 28 Sugar: 4 Sodium: 157 Fat: 1 Carbohydrates: 5 Fiber: 0 Protein: 0
Author: Linley RichterCategory: SaucesMethod: Stove TopCuisine: American
Keywords: bbq sauce
Emily spent the first 10 years of her career in marketing and advertising roles and started side-hustling with Fit Foodie Finds in Fall of 2015. She joined Team Fit Foodie full-time in the Spring of 2018. Em lives in Minneapolis with her husband and dog, and manages FFF business operations as well as all things sponsorships and brand collaborations.