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5 from 3 votes

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

This homemade barbecue sauce is great and is perfect for all your barbecuing needs. It is really easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Cooling Time30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Ingredient, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq, meat, savory, smooth, sweet
Servings: 15 people
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Medium sauce pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Spatula
  • Bowls
  • Knife or food processor


  • 1/4 cup of vegetable or olive oil 60mL
  • 1 medium yellow onion minced
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 to 5 tsp. of chili powder 20g
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika 3g
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 3g
  • 1 tsp. ground pepper fresh (5g)
  • 1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper add more if you like(1g)
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar 60mL
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 60mL
  • 1 Tbsp. liquid smoke 15mL
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard 85g
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed (200g)
  • 2 cups of ketchup 450g


  • First, add a medium pot to the stovetop. Set the heat to medium. Add the oil to the pot and let it heat up.
  • While the oil is heating peel and dice/mince the onions as well as the garlic.
  • Add in your minced onions and sauté them for a few minutes, then add in your minced garlic and cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Add in the chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and paprika. Cook all the ingredients together for another minute or two.
  • Now, add in the apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar. Stir every 20 to 30 seconds, until the mixture starts to boil/bubble. Once that happens turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 1 hour.
  • After the hour is up, turn off the heat and let the barbecue sauce cool down to room temperature before transferring into some kind of storage container. Then place in the fridge for 24 hours before using.
    You can use it right away if you like, but it will taste better the next day, once all the ingredients have had time to marinate with each other.



TIP: If you want it extra sweet add in some honey or more brown sugar, even molasses. Also, if you can't find liquid smoke, you can use smoked paprika.
TIP: For some extra heat add in some diced jalapenos when sauteing the onions and garlic.
TIP: If you do not like chunky BBQ sauce and would like to smooth it out, place the sauce in a blender or food processor and turn it on for a minute or two. But wait until it has cooled before you do that, the sauce will be very hot.
NOTE: It will last in the fridge for a couple of weeks, or you can freeze it, and it will last a few months.
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