Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

by Andrea on July 30, 2013

in Gluten Free, Recipes

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A couple weeks ago, I wanted to make pulled pork sandwiches.  I went to the grocery store and stared at the shelves, looking at my options for a barbecue sauce.  There were 15 different brands. I picked up the first bottle.  The 2nd ingredient was high fructose corn syrup.  I put the bottle back down, and picked up the next one.  High fructose corn syrup and caramel color.   I kept reading the labels until I had looked at every single bottle of barbecue sauce, and I only found one sauce that didn't contain HFCS and caramel color, and that particular bottle was expired!

So what's the big deal with high fructose corn syrup? Moderate use of HFCS can cause heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, and tooth decay.  In addition, caramel coloring can increase your risk of hypertension or high blood pressure.   Both are bad news, and not something that I want my family eating.

Since I wasn't going to be eating bottled barbecue sauce, I picked up a bottle of molasses and decided I would try my hand at a homemade barbecue sauce.

The results of my homemade barbecue sauce?  Wonderful! The sauce is sweet, tangy, and savory, with just a hint of spicy.  It tastes much better than any bottled sauce I have had, and it is quick and easy to make.

Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe

What You Need:

  • 1 cup ketchup (or Homemade Ketchup)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • pepper to taste

What To Do:

Whisk all ingredients in a small saucepan, over medium heat.  Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  

And that's it! It's so simple! You will be blown away at how flavorful this barbecue sauce is.  If you want it a little spicier, you could add some chili powder or sriracha sauce.

homemade bbq sauce recipe

This is a great barbecue sauced to baste onto grilled chicken, wings , or to mix with pulled pork.

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Do you make your own barbecue sauce?  What is your favorite thing to add it to?

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 David July 30, 2013 at 9:04 am

This looks amazing!

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2 Andrea July 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

Thanks, David! We have made it 4 times in the past month, and it is quickly becoming a family favorite :)

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3 Mike the Gardener July 30, 2013 at 9:13 am

Looks great and such an easy recipe. I just started making my own ketchup and barbecue sauce, which is also made from my home made ketchup.

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4 Andrea July 30, 2013 at 9:43 am

That is great, Mike! I have been buying Simply Heinz, which doesn’t contain any HFCS, but I bet it would be even better with homemade ketchup. I will have to give that a try next time!

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5 Mary Upton July 30, 2013 at 9:24 am

Can you can this for later use?

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6 Merissa July 30, 2013 at 9:29 am

Yes. I would think you could can it by following the rules for Canning Ketchup.

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7 Magdel-Marie July 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I just have a problem with the worchestershire sauce containg monosodium glutamate, so I would replace it with organic tamari. I will definitely give it a try.

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8 Andrea July 30, 2013 at 8:04 pm

That does sound like a great replacement, Magdel-Marie. Please let us know how it goes!

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9 Bonnie July 30, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Could you freeze this? I don’t have canning equipment any longer so I wondered if this recipe could be doubled and frozen? I am a teacher and this time of year I like to fill my freezer for those crazy school nights when there is no time to cook.

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10 Andrea July 30, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Hello Bonnie :)

My mom is a special-ed teacher, and I know how busy teachers get during the school year! Yes, this sauce should freeze well, for about 3 months. Just warm it back up on the stove top for about 5 minutes when you’re ready to use it again.

You could also toss it with shredded chicken or pork and freeze it that way, then reheat when you’re ready to use it.

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11 Andrea July 30, 2013 at 8:52 pm

*Just make sure the meat is cooked before freezing, and properly reheated to safe temps before enjoying

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12 Laura July 30, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Yum! I like a little Tabasco sauce in my BBQ sauce. I’ll be the molasses would be fantastic!

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13 Linda Jones July 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Thank you!!! Thank you!! We went to the grocery Sunday. I generally use bbq sause a lot for a variety of meals. I am picky and always check ingredients and labels. But for some reason never bothered to check bbq sauce. Hubby ( and I with him) is on a very controlled eating plan as he just had stents put in. I, like you,picked up all our favorite bbq sauces and checked ingrdients. Most HFCS was first on the list…others seconds. I’ve made homemade ketchup to cut salt etc., but now will make several bottles of your sauce. This saves several favorite meals in our house!!! Happy dance!!!

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14 Andrea July 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Haha, I love your enthusiasm Linda! I really hope you enjoy it as much as my family does :)

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15 Pam February 27, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Thank you for sharing this recipe. My husband has to watch his sodium and with just a few changes, this will work great for him.

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