This homemade sweet and spicy bbq sauce is packed with a bold, delicious flavor that is hard to resist. It takes only a few minutes to make and takes grilled chicken, burgers or brats to the next level!
When I look back over the years of food blogging, each year brings with it certain themes. This year has come with a handful of themes, one of them being homemade sauces! When my husband started having stomach issues, I began looking more closely at the ingredient lists on store bought sauces. I couldn’t believe all of the garbage that was hiding inside! So I started making my own, and guess what?! They taste even better than anything you can find in the grocery store.
This homemade bbq sauce is NO exception, friends. It. Is. DELICIOUS. I intended to maybe save part of the first batch I made, but that didn’t happen. I slathered it all over chicken, then burgers, then brats and then it was gone. It has an absolute PERFECT combination of spicy, sweet and tangy flavors that I literally could not resist. The consistency is perfect, as well, and bonus! It only takes a few minutes and a handful of ingredients to make!
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE
Place the following ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat: ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar and honey. Stir until combined, then add Worcestershire sauce, paprika, ground mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Finally mix in your cayenne pepper.
Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Let simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, or until sauce has thickened.
Store in a air-tight containers in the fridge for up to one week, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Use smoked paprika in place of paprika and/or add a couple drops of liquid smoke for a smokier bbq flavor!
Consider adding 1 teaspoon of chili powder for an even bolder flavor.
Replace the garlic powder with onion powder, if desired.
A squirt or two of lemon juice adds a touch of tartness that you’ll love!
Slather this sauce ALL over any meat of your choice before cooking. Here are a few ideas to get you started: beef or pork ribs, pulled pork, burgers, chicken breasts or brats.
BBQ chicken is my favorite thing to make with this sauce. The chicken is grilled to tender perfection, with the best flavor you’ll ever imagine.
This bbq sauce also acts as a great dipping sauce for any meat!
HOW LONG DOES HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE LAST?
One of the main benefits of homemade bbq sauce is that you’re able to ditch the preservatives! However, when you ditch the preservatives you will also need to make sure you use the sauce up more quickly. This point likely will not matter because this sauce is so delicious it’ll get used super fast.
Homemade BBQ Sauce will stay fresh in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Or you can freeze it for up to 6 months.
WHAT IS BBQ SAUCE USED FOR?
BBQ sauce is a sauce meant to add bold flavor to food and it is used mainly with meat that is cooked on a grill. It can be used as a marinade, dipping sauce or topping for meat.
OTHER USES FOR BBQ SAUCE
If you have extra barbecue sauce on your hands, think outside the scope of grilled meat! Here are some other great ideas for ways to use it up:
Brush it over chicken wings before cooking.
Use it as a topping for your next batch of meatloaf!
Drizzle it over your next salad. YUM!
Throw some into your slow cooker along with meatballs.
Use it as a dipping sauce for French fries.
Replace pizza sauce with bbq sauce on your next homemade pizza!
OTHER FAVORITE HOMEMADE SAUCES!
I’m obsessed with making savory homemade sauces! Down with store bought! Here are a handful of my favorites that you are sure to fall in love with. These all make for great gifts, too!
- This Enchilada Sauce comes together very quickly and is easier to make at home then to spend the time picking it up at the store and opening it to reheat. I promise you’ll love it.
- This is one of those sauces that I won’t pick up in a jar – homemade Alfredo Sauce takes better than anything I can find in the store aisles and it’s super easy to make!
Arby’s Sauce is perfect for those beef sandwiches you make yourself and then want a delicious homemade sauce to go on it!
- Sometimes an unplanned pizza night calls for Pizza Sauce on the quick! You can do that with this recipe!
Pasta Sauce takes pasta night up a notch with tastier sauce. Once you try it, you’ll always want it prepared this way!
Taco Sauce is the bomb! Perfect for nachos, tacos and dipping taquitos in, you’ll enjoy this version you create yourself.
Homemade BBQ Sauce
- 1 1/2 cups ketchup
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tbsp dry mustard
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes, or until sauce has thickened.
- Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to one week. If you prefer, you can freeze this sauce for up to 3 months.