Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes To Tickle Your Taste Buds

Are you hankering for a great bbq sauce to complement your favorite meat dish? Making your own is not only easy, but homemade bbq sauces also contain fewer preservatives than store-bought varieties, and you can mix your sauce to taste. Try the following recipes or adapt them to suit your preferences.

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Classic BBQ Sauce

1 cup ketchup
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
1/8 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
½ tablespoon barbecue rub
½ tablespoon Tabasco sauce
¼ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Add the ingredients to a non-reactive saucepan, stir to combine thoroughly, and then bring the sauce to a boil over medium to high heat.
  2. Reduce the heat and allow the sauce to simmer for 7 to 10 minutes until it turns dark and becomes thick.
  3. Pour the sauce into an airtight jar or container and refrigerate.


White Alabama-style BBQ Sauce

This Alabama-style white bbq sauce is ideal over hickory-smoked chicken, chicken salad, or coleslaw.

1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup cider vinegar
¼ cup apple juice
¼ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 tablespoon horseradish
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper, coarsely ground
1 teaspoon mustard powder
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Combine the ingredients together in a non-reactive bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Pour the sauce into an airtight jar or container and refrigerate for several hours before serving.


Spicy BBQ Sauce

8 ounces butter
5 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons of your favorite barbecue rub
½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce


  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and fry for 1 minute. Stir in the barbecue rub and fry for another minute.
  2. Add the Tabasco and lemon juice. Stir until blended and then remove from the heat. Serve over chicken, pork, grilled shrimp, or sausage.


Traditional Kansas City-Style BBQ Sauce

2 cups ketchup
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
¾ cup honey
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup prepared yellow mustard
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup dark molasses
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup of your favorite steak sauce
3 tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Tabasco
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes until tender. Add the minced garlic and cook for a further two minutes.
  2. Stir in the chili powder, kosher salt, and black pepper.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, mix well, and then allow the sauce to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until it thickens. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool.
  4. Decanter the sauce into an airtight jar or container and refrigerate for up to 2 months.


Simple North Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce

4 ½ cups cider vinegar
1/3 cup dried crushed pepper
1 tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon black pepper


  1. Blend the ingredients together in a non-reactive bowl. Allow the mixture to stand for several hours before serving over barbecue pork or storing in the refrigerator.

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