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.


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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  1. Ann posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:45 am (#

    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. Holly @HollyPop Designs posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:40 pm (#

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

  3. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen posted on May 8, 2013 at 7:23 am (#

    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 posted on May 9, 2013 at 11:42 am (#

    Can’t wait to try it…

  5. Susie posted on June 8, 2014 at 10:23 pm (#

    How long would you say that this lasts?

    • Jamielyn posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:15 pm (#

      Hi Susie! This will last at least a week in the fridge. :)

  6. Steve posted on June 12, 2014 at 6:56 pm (#

    How long will this keep in the fridge?

    • Jamielyn posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:15 pm (#

      At least a week. :)

  7. susan posted on June 3, 2015 at 4:04 pm (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on June 4, 2015 at 12:06 am (#

      Hi Susan! I haven’t tried to can this, but if you have had success with other sauces, it should work! :)