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Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

from kristineskitchenblog.com
This Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe is quick and easy to make with simple ingredients. This barbecue sauce is a little spicy, sweet and perfectly tangy! Use it on grilled chicken or in your favorite recipes that call for BBQ sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 14 servings
Calories: 37kcal


  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 cup water plus more as needed to reach desired consistency
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar*
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon onion powder
  • 1-2 pinches crushed red pepper flakes optional, for spice


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring or whisking often. Then reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add more water to thin the barbecue sauce if it is too thick. I usually add up to ½ cup more water to reach my desired consistency.



  • Store BBQ sauce for up to 1 week in an airtight container in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer.
  • Honey may be used instead of brown sugar and will give the BBQ sauce a honey flavor.
  • For a smoky flavor, you double the amount of smoked paprika and/or add 1-2 teaspoons of liquid smoke.
  • For sweeter BBQ sauce add another tablespoon or two of brown sugar.
  • For tangier BBQ sauce add another tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
  • Recipe makes about 1 3/4 cups of BBQ sauce.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 224IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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