Homemade BBQ sauce recipe

Tonight we were craving homemade BBQ chicken pizzas (recipe coming tomorrow) and I ran out of BBQ sauce. What’s a DIY girl to do? Make it herself!

Who knew homemade BBQ sauce was so easy to make? Plus it tastes AMAZING!! This recipe has lots of flavor! I kept adding more spices to get the right flavor and I think it turned out perfect. Not too spicy and a little sweet… just the way I like it.

homemade bbq sauce

Homemade BBQ sauce recipe


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup + 1 TB brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 TB soy sauce
  • 1 TB worcestershire sauce
  • 2 TB seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced (about 2 tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized pan. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Use the sauce on BBQ chicken pizza, to brush on grilled chicken the last ten minutes of grilling or for other recipes where BBQ sauce is used.
  3. Enjoy!


Looking for recipes with BBQ sauce? Check out these:

BBQ chicken salad

BBQ chicken sandwiches 

BBQ pork quesadillas 

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Jamielyn Nye

Lifestyle expert, Pinterest tastemaker and blogger at iheartnaptime.com. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.