Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes

Warmer weather is right around the corner. This means it’s time to break out the grill and get ready for barbecue season! What better way to impress your friends and family than by making your own barbecue sauce. Homemade BBQ sauce adds an extra kick of flavor to your favorite summer dishes. Whether you like sweet, spicy or tangy sauce, we have a recipe for you!

Sweet BBQ Sauce

Kansas City-style barbecue sauce is the sweet, sticky sauce we all know and love. These sweet sauces are integral in creating a thick crust on your barbecued meats because of the high sugar content. The caramelized sugar forms an irresistibly crispy bark that’s guaranteed to make your mouth water.

This brown sugar BBQ sauce by Baked by Rachel caught our attention. While it does have some spice to it, the brown sugar is the main flavor of this homemade BBQ sauce.

Homemade BBQ Sauce 1

Ingredients in this sauce:

  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ¼ cups ketchup
  • ½ tsp garlic
  • 1 ½ tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes, optional

For the full recipe, click here.

Spicy BBQ Sauce

If you want to kick things up a notch, try a spicy homemade BBQ sauce. You’ll notice that this recipe, compared to the sweeter sauce, has much less brown sugar and more mustard and spices. This sauce is close to a Kansas City sauce, but because of the addition of mustard, it could fall into the South Carolina category.

This spicy BBQ sauce recipe, from Barefeet in the Kitchen, will add the perfect amount of heat to your meal.

Homemade BBQ Sauce 2

Ingredients in this sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Tabasco sauce
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp ground oregano

For the full recipe, click here.

Tangy BBQ Sauce

The key ingredient in a tangy BBQ sauce is vinegar. Vinegar based BBQ sauces are known as “Lexington-style” and are often found in North Carolina. A little-known fact: vinegar was the original BBQ condiment and when tomato paste was added to thicken it up, the tangy sauce was born.

Compared to the above recipes, this tangy homemade BBQ sauce, from Cooking with Curls, has a higher vinegar-to-tomato base ratio.

Homemade BBQ Sauce 3

Ingredients in this sauce:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 large cloves minced garlic
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp dry mustard powder

For the full recipe, click here.

Now that you’re an expert on the different types of BBQ sauces, it’s time to impress your guests. Make one, or all three, for a delicious addition to your cookout. Another benefit of homemade BBQ sauce? You can store the leftovers (if there are any) in the fridge and use it whenever you want! Now you can add layers of flavor to every meal you make. Enjoy!


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