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.

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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.

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Looking for recipes with BBQ sauce? Check out these:

BBQ chicken salad

BBQ chicken sandwiches 

BBQ pork quesadillas 

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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10 comments on “Homemade BBQ sauce recipe”

  1. Mmmmm. Those red pepper flakes give this just a little kick I’m sure! Thanks for sharing just in time for barbecue season…Ann

  2. This sounds good! We always buy store bought but I might just have to try this. Going to pin it right now!

  3. Yum! There is no substitute to making your own BBQ sauce. We’ve been grilling a lot lately and our sauce intake has recently jumped way up!

  4. shantwanza Stuckey Reply

    Can’t wait to try it…

  5. How long would you say that this lasts?

  6. How long will this keep in the fridge?

  7. can I make a big batch of this and can it?

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