Homemade BBQ Sauce

This Homemade BBQ Sauce packs a short list of clean ingredients and is ready in under 30 minutes. No more store-bought BBQ sauce filled with ingredients you can’t pronounce. Make this delish homemade 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?

homemade bbq sauce in a mason jar

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 Likely Have

  • Tomato sauce
  • Hot sauce (feel free to up the hot sauce amount if you like it a little spice-ay!)
  • Maple syrup (or if you like it a little sweeter, feel free to up the maple amount!)
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Molasses
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Ground mustard seed
  • Salt

And that’s it! Truly, these 10 ingredients come together to make that perfect BBQ flavor you love, but without all those store-bought fillers. Plus, it’s easy to make. Let’s get into it:

homemade bbq sauce ingredients

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.

Step 1: Heat a small sauce pan over medium/high heat. Then place all BBQ sauce ingredients into the sauce pan, making sure to mix all the ingredients well (we used a whisk!), and bring to a boil.

Step 2: Turn heat to low and let BBQ sauce simmer for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature.

Step 4: 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 in a jar

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 10 ingredients, and will last up to a week in the fridge.

Because this recipe makes 3.5 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:

homemade bbq sauce used as a dip

More Sauce Recipes

Recipe

Homemade BBQ Sauce

This Homemade BBQ Sauce packs a short list of clean ingredients and is ready in under 30 minutes. No more store-bought BBQ sauce that’s filled with added sugars and ingredients you can’t pronounce. Make a batch of this easy homemade BBQ sauce today!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
Author: Linley Richter
Yield: ~3.5 cups sauce
Category: Sauces
Method: Stove Top
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 2 15-oz. cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Heat a small sauce pan over medium/high heat.
  2. Place all BBQ sauce ingredients into the pan, mix well, and bring to a boil.
  3. Turn heat to low and let BBQ sauce simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. 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.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 24
  • Sugar: 4
  • Sodium: 241
  • Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 6
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 1
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