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Homemade BBQ Sauce

Best Homemade BBQ Sauce - quick and easy sauce that will take your grill game to the next level! It's sweet, smoky and slightly spicy.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy barbecue sauce, homemade BBQ sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 362 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1.5 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 5 Tablespoons packed brown sugar light or dark
  • 3 Tablespoons molasses I use Grandma's molasses brand
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1.5 teaspoon paprika
  • 1.5 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or 1/2 teaspoon chipotle pepper minced or adobo sauce


  1. Place all ingredients in a small pot and whisk together.
  2. Bring to a boil over a medium heat.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes.
  4. Cool to room temperature.
  5. Store in jar with lid (I use Mason jar) in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Recipe Notes

For more smoky flavor, add 1 and 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade BBQ Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 362
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1715mg75%
Potassium 1179mg34%
Carbohydrates 87g29%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 76g84%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1540IU31%
Vitamin C 11.1mg13%
Calcium 113mg11%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.