Best Ever Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Do you have ketchup, mustard and honey? You have to try this best EVER Basic Homemade BBQ Sauce.  It’s a simple base for starting your own BBQ sauce deliciousness. Mix up the ingredients below and you’ll have a mild-tasting sauce. Then, if you’d like, add in some pantry favorites like Worcestershire, Tobasco, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cumin, and chili powder to really bring in the flavor.

Do you have ketchup, mustard and honey? You have to try this best EVER Basic Homemade BBQ Sauce.  It's so simple, but so good. And it's going to save your life when you need some sauce and there's not a bottle of it to be found in your pantry.

There are several ingredients that I always think I have on hand, but when I go to start cooking it turns out I don’t have any. This happens a lot with barbecue sauce, which I definitely need on hand when grilling season starts up again.

I always think I have a few bottles in the pantry. I go to grab one, and there aren’t any. Because of this, I’ve developed a quick, basic barbecue sauce base. It uses simple ingredients that I always have and it only takes a minute to whip up.

It’s made out of ketchup, mustard, and honey. That’s it.

The beauty of this sauce base is that you can change it if you’re in the mood. You can use brown sugar or molasses instead of honey, you can use Dijon mustard instead of the regular yellow mustard, you can use tomato sauce for some of the ketchup, there are lots of ways to vary the base. And then you get to add other ingredients to deepen it more, things like Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, garlic powder, or smoked paprika, or all of the above! Really the options are endless. Soooo good. You’re going to love making this easy staple and doctoring it up in new ways.

The reason this simple sauce works is because of the flavor balance. You have salty and sweet flavors in the ketchup, more sweet from the honey and then a good tang from the mustard. It’s also great because the sugar content in the sauce makes it caramelize on food when it’s cooking.

I love using this sauce when I’m grilling chicken. It has the best flavors that pair well with poultry or beef. To make really great barbecue chicken drumsticks, I follow the basic method for Easy Make Ahead Chicken for a Crowd. I love it because you pre-cook the chicken in the oven so you know it’s done, then add the sauce and grill once guests arrive. While the chicken bakes, before my guests arrive, I throw together this sauce and I’m done!

If you don’t want to start with a BBQ sauce base and add to it with your own ideas, here’s my recipe for a fully done BBQ sauce. It’s a sweet, spicy, smoky BBQ sauce that still only uses ingredients that I usually have on hand. Oh, and if you want to increase your BBQ sauce knowledge, take a look at this whole series of BBQ sauce recipes from around the country and beyond!

Here’s the recipe for the easy BBQ sauce. Let me know if you love it!


Best Ever Homemade Barbecue Sauce

  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 2 cups


Do you have ketchup, mustard and honey? You have to try this best EVER Basic Homemade BBQ Sauce.  It’s a simple base for starting your own BBQ sauce deliciousness. Mix up the ingredients below and you’ll have a mild-tasting sauce. Then, if you’d like, add in some pantry favorites like Worcestershire, Tobasco, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cumin, and chili powder to really bring in the flavor.

RECIPE UPDATE: A lot of people in the comments below really love this sauce as is, as does my family. However, a lot of people really dislike it also. I therefore retested the recipe and adjusted it. The original recipe, in case you loved that, was 1 and 1/2 cups ketchup, 1/4 cup yellow mustard, 1/4 cup honey, a pinch of salt. The revised recipe is now given below. It’s still very basic and can still be used as a sauce base but it has some more flavor elements to start with. -Christine


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. hot sauce


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir until sugar dissolves.

Video by Leigh Olson. Article, photos and recipe by Christine Pittman.

This post originally appeared in August, 2015 and was revised and republished in June, 2019.


Best Ever Homemade Barbecue Sauce

166 Responses to “Best Ever Homemade Barbecue Sauce”

  1. Sharon Braswell — December 27, 2019 @ 8:06 pm (#)

    This is such a simple recipe and I can add the options for more flavor. I think I’ll try the basic recipe first. Thank you!!

    • Christine Pittman — December 30, 2019 @ 5:11 pm (#)

      You’re welcome, Sharon!

  2. Sarah L — December 26, 2019 @ 9:10 pm (#)

    This looks good and tasty. What I need is a BBQ sauce that doesn’t have tomatoes in it for my friend who can’t have that. But is it a BBQ sauce without tomatoes?

    • Christine Pittman — December 30, 2019 @ 5:01 pm (#)

      How about Alabama White BBQ Sauce? It’s got a mayo base instead of ketchup/tomato.

  3. Rebekah Kalinowski — December 26, 2019 @ 5:05 am (#)

    My husband got a Traeger so I’ll be making bbq sauce!

    • Christine Pittman — December 30, 2019 @ 4:48 pm (#)

      Have fun, Rebekah!

  4. Dorothea Collington — December 23, 2019 @ 10:52 pm (#)

    I think making your own gives it a little extra love to it .

    • Christine Pittman — December 30, 2019 @ 4:34 pm (#)

      Absolutely, Dorothea! Plus, it gives you the option of making it just the way you like!

  5. Frank Zumpf — December 21, 2019 @ 7:10 am (#)

    Truly love BBQ sauce, will make this today

    • Christine Pittman — December 23, 2019 @ 1:16 pm (#)

      Have fun, Frank!

  6. Francine Anchondo — December 16, 2019 @ 8:42 am (#)

    Thanks for the recipe.

    • Christine Pittman — December 17, 2019 @ 10:18 am (#)

      You are welcome, Francine!

  7. Saundra K. Warren — December 12, 2019 @ 8:26 am (#)

    I’m not a big fan of bbq sauce

  8. Tom Thalon — December 6, 2019 @ 7:51 am (#)

    Needs liquid smoke.
    I also need and therefore do make lots of minced and sauteed onions in my homemade BBQ sauce.
    Too many bad recipes out here trying to attract readers by claiming it’s a quickie “hack”- the newest trendy culinary buzz word.
    Look at all these negative reviews. You want shortcuts in the kitchen, you get what you deserve.

    • Christine Pittman — December 9, 2019 @ 10:36 am (#)

      Thanks for your feedback, Tom. This is intended as a base with pantry staples, but I understand it’s not for everyone. We’ve got a wider variety of BBQ sauce recipes at our sister site, The Cookful.

  9. Deborah Waddell — December 2, 2019 @ 2:58 pm (#)

    This isn’t the BBQ sauce I’ll use. Tastes like ketchup and mustard.

  10. Cheryl — December 1, 2019 @ 11:26 pm (#)

    I’ve never made my own sauce. This sounds easy and delish.

    • Christine Pittman — December 2, 2019 @ 1:51 pm (#)

      Enjoy, Cheryl!

  11. Debbie Yoder — November 29, 2019 @ 2:41 pm (#)

    Im going to try this east recipr,Honestly Ive never thought of making my own sauce.Always came out of a store bought bottle.

    • Christine Pittman — December 2, 2019 @ 10:43 am (#)

      Enjoy, Debbie!

  12. Sandy — November 29, 2019 @ 12:12 pm (#)

    I have never had a store bought sauce I really like so I am going to give this a try.

    • Christine Pittman — December 2, 2019 @ 10:42 am (#)

      Hope you enjoy, Sandy!

  13. Calvin — November 29, 2019 @ 12:38 am (#)

    Always been a fan of bbq sauce, just can’t get enough. Now this sounds magical.

    • Christine Pittman — November 29, 2019 @ 10:21 am (#)

      Thanks, Calvin!

  14. Jennifer Phillips — November 28, 2019 @ 11:01 pm (#)

    I’ll be trying this out next week when I make some oven baked bbq chicken

    • Christine Pittman — November 29, 2019 @ 10:20 am (#)

      Let us know how it turns out, Jennifer!

  15. Thomas Gibson — November 28, 2019 @ 6:51 pm (#)

    I would love to try this sauce on grilled chicken.

    • Christine Pittman — November 29, 2019 @ 10:19 am (#)

      Yummy! Enjoy, Thomas!

  16. Richard Deyarmond — November 27, 2019 @ 1:29 pm (#)

    Going to try this when I smoke tri-tips

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2019 @ 1:50 pm (#)

      Sounds good, Richard!

  17. Angelica — November 27, 2019 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    This sounds delicious and so easy to make! Love that there’s no vinegar to muck around with, I hate a bbq sauce that’s vinegar based.

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2019 @ 1:48 pm (#)

      I hope you enjoy, Angelica!

  18. lauren minish — November 25, 2019 @ 8:54 pm (#)

    Love me some good rich thick bbq sauce. I think the change of brown sugar from honey will add the range of flavor. Although I would be very interested in a non-sugar bbq. I would love it without the sugar.

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2019 @ 1:18 pm (#)

      Thanks, Lauren! BBQ sauce needs some sweetness, but you could play around with the type of sweetener and the amounts!

  19. Tanisha — November 25, 2019 @ 12:16 pm (#)

    The updated recipe looks more like all the other homemade BBQ sauce recipes; still worth a shot! Thanks!

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2019 @ 12:39 pm (#)

      Let us know what you think, Tanisha!

  20. Panda — August 9, 2019 @ 5:52 am (#)

    This sauce is really bad. I added to this hot dog nightmare mixed herbs, chilli, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, a dash of soy sauce and pepper. even then it was only passable

    • Christine Pittman — August 21, 2019 @ 9:02 am (#)

      Panda, I’m sorry you didn’t like it. This recipe seems pretty controversial with some people loving it and some hating it, as you can see from the commments below. Because of that, I have retested and revised the recipe. For those who loved the original, the recipe is still given at the top where it says RECIPE UPDATE. But in response to those who were hating it, I reduced the amount of ketchup, switched from honey to brown sugar, and added some seasonings. The revised sauce can still be used as a base or as is, it just has a bit more flavor to start with. Thank you for your comment.

  21. Ryan Mesler — July 12, 2019 @ 3:04 pm (#)

    This is probably the worst BBQ sauce recipe I have come across. It tastes like you just mixed ketchup and mustard. If that were BBQ sauce, then every McDonald’s cheeseburger would say that it comes with BBQ sauce.

    I just wasted nearly two cups of ketchup and mustard trying to fix this. You Yankees might think this is better than K.C. Masterpiece, but y’all don’t know real bbw as evidenced by the amount of people who actually liked this.

  22. Tosca Culpepper-Glass — May 15, 2019 @ 12:15 pm (#)

    I have severe gout and can’t have ketchup or apple cider vinegar. Can you make bbq sauce without those ingredients?

  23. — April 11, 2019 @ 12:16 pm (#)

    I got what you mean,saved to my bookmarks, very
    nice website.

  24. Rob Rios — March 20, 2019 @ 3:46 pm (#)

    I forgot my bbq sauce at home so at work this was my only option for my chicken nuggets….oh well. I didn’t use it all soi saved it for another day.

  25. Monica from — February 12, 2019 @ 4:38 am (#)

    Love this post, my entire family loved sausa and I’ll try to make bbq sausa this weekend, hope it good :)). Thanks so much for this guide.

  26. Sharon — January 28, 2019 @ 4:53 pm (#)

    HiI had pretty much the same recipe years ago found you can adjust ingredients to taste my Mother liked so well never purcased sauce in stores again. For people who have to watch carbs and sugar etc. I found use can use Splenda brown sugar and Walden’s foods makes zero carb zero calorie ketchup. You can also use 2tbl Molasses. thank you for reminding me Sharon

    • Christine Pittman — January 31, 2019 @ 11:57 am (#)

      Sharon, You’re welcome. I’m happy to help, and happy you like it!

  27. JC — November 27, 2018 @ 2:48 am (#)

    This sauce has very little taste.

  28. Maureen — November 26, 2018 @ 6:06 pm (#)

    I want to try this and use it for commercial purpose.
    Can I cook red chilli and brown sugar together before adding other ingredients instead of buying already made hot chilli? To minimize cost and still come up with a good result

    • Christine Pittman — November 28, 2018 @ 8:41 am (#)

      Maureen, yes, that should work just fine.

  29. Itzel — November 8, 2018 @ 6:49 pm (#)

    Can i use regular white sugar instead of brown sugar?

    • Christine Pittman — November 14, 2018 @ 11:25 am (#)

      Yes. Any kind of sweetener will work. But you will likely need less white sugar than brown because it is more compact.

  30. Alycia — August 19, 2018 @ 2:10 am (#)

    I have made my own rendition of this sauce for a while now, but always guessed and checked a bit to get it how I wanted. I was looking online for a recipe to start with instead of throwing myself in blindly. I doubled this recipe because I’m making slow cook ribs tomorrow and needed a lot. Personally, I think there’s WAY too much ketchup. It may just have more to do with our ketchup brand, though, because it’s particularly strong. I added a bit more mustard, brown sugar, and a splash of Louisiana hot sauce and it turned out great! In other batches, I’ve added small amounts of Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and even maple syrup. If you’re really looking for that thick smoky barbecue taste, add a tablespoon or two of Worcestershire sauce to it and people won’t believe you made it yourself! ;) Can’t wait for slow cooker ribs and good ol fashion sweet ice tea tomorrow :D

    • Christine Pittman — September 10, 2018 @ 9:36 am (#)

      Alycia, Thanks for the feedback. I agree that this is quite a ketchupy flavor. Adding extras of the other ingredients is a great idea if you don’t want the ketchup to be as strong.

  31. — June 25, 2018 @ 9:02 am (#)

    Great info i like this thanxx a lot

  32. Hietagarden — June 13, 2018 @ 4:11 am (#)

    I will try your sauce with some meatballs in freezer

  33. Rollins Mease — June 11, 2018 @ 3:29 pm (#)

    Great, i will try this at home for sure! :)

  34. Wendell — June 4, 2018 @ 10:47 pm (#)

    I just looked up this recipe, and I’m going to make this over the weekend! I will add a couple other ingredients, and one more, not a lot, just 2 tablespoons (Jack Daniels) that should jazz it up a little!!

    • Christine Pittman — June 6, 2018 @ 4:02 pm (#)

      Wendell, That sounds amazing!

  35. Deepalekha — May 16, 2018 @ 10:13 am (#)

    I read this recipe yesterday. Reading on the comments I was so fascinated to prepare this. I had tomato ketchup in xcess with me. So without a second thought today wanted to give it a try. But added Indian spicy red chilli n lemon juice to this in addition. And voila!! The outcome was so so finger licking. Couldn’t wait to thank you. I always wanted to prepare BBQ sauce at home. But the recipe always contain so many fancy items which are handy at home. This recipe is a true life saver. Thank u again so very much.

    • Christine Pittman — May 22, 2018 @ 2:30 pm (#)

      You’re welcome!

  36. Janya Sriram — May 12, 2018 @ 3:20 pm (#)

    This is a really good recipe thought it’s not exactly nutritious my friends and I love it it tastes wonderful but I wanted to try a sweeter version so I tried adding brown sugar but it stuck out in lumps what should I do to correct this j don’t have access to mollases

    • Christine Pittman — May 22, 2018 @ 2:32 pm (#)

      Make sure the brown sugar is lump-free before adding it. You can smoosh out the lumps with the back of a spoon. From there, the acid in the ketchup should dissolve it if you stir it lots.

  37. Fraps Crack — May 9, 2018 @ 3:08 am (#)

    your site content really impressed me. well done job

  38. Great Grandpa — May 6, 2018 @ 10:54 pm (#)

    I made your bbq sauce, wow it was very good everybody fell in love with it. it just what i was looking for my labor day cookout! TYVVM FOR YOUR RECIPE/MDF.

    • Christine Pittman — May 7, 2018 @ 4:06 pm (#)

      You’re welcome. Thank you for letting me know. I’m so happy that you all liked it!

  39. yahYA — May 5, 2018 @ 8:06 am (#)

    really really good loved it.can you make a chili garlic source but not to chili

  40. Nick — April 30, 2018 @ 12:13 pm (#)

    This is not a homemade sauce…. Homemade means you actually make it with basic ingredients, not by bashing together ketchup and mustard.

  41. Stephanie Washington — April 30, 2018 @ 2:32 am (#)

    Thank you so much for this very easy recipe. I did tweek it some to make it my own but with your guidance made an AWESOME SAUCE!!😍 I guess since you helped me create the masterpiece I call MY OWN LITTLE SECRET I’ll let you on the greatness…instead of ketchup I used one can of manwhich, 1/4 cup of spicy mustard, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons of hot sauce and salted taste. My husband who is normally the cook in our house LOVES IT!! So again thank you, thank you, thank you. You have definitely peeked my interest to see and use some of your other easy and just as tasty recipes.

    • Christine Pittman — April 30, 2018 @ 10:22 am (#)

      Stephanie, So happy you liked it! Your version sounds delicious!

  42. Lamar Fleming — February 7, 2018 @ 9:28 pm (#)

    Thank you miss for the delish bbq sauce recipe instead of using normal mustard I used honey maple mustard it came out wonderful

    • Christine Pittman — February 9, 2018 @ 10:13 am (#)

      Fantastic! Great idea, Lamar!

  43. Shana Isaacs — January 13, 2018 @ 5:24 pm (#)

    Thank you for this simple BBQ Sauce recipe. This is a better tasting recipe for my mother who is a stroke victim and her taste buds have dramatically changed and doesn’t like the store bought ones anymore. The store bought ones are just too spicy and really doesn’t taste that good anymore. I used both honey and brown sugar and no salt since there is salt already in the mustard and ketchup. If I want a little spice I can add the spice flavors to my own and not hers. Thank you again.

    • Christine Pittman — January 15, 2018 @ 12:31 pm (#)

      Shana, You’re welcome. I’m delighted that you and your mom like it!

  44. Veronica M — December 31, 2017 @ 4:13 pm (#)

    Thanks Christine for this simple mild recipe I love bbq but can no longer enjoy it because I have a lot of stomach issues and all the commercial products are too harsh on my stomach they all are too spicy and will make me end up in bed. So I so appreciate this recipe it was perfect. And f or those seeking more heat it is so workable you can add whatever you desire. Thanks again😊

    • Christine Pittman — January 15, 2018 @ 12:39 pm (#)

      Veronica, You’re welcome. I’m really happy that this mild bbq sauce works for your stomach and that you enjoy it!

  45. Grill Trip — November 16, 2017 @ 2:11 am (#)

    Do you know how long this will last in the fridge? I made some last week and loved it, but haven’t really had a chance to use it up. I hate to waste it!

    • Christine Pittman — December 8, 2017 @ 12:47 pm (#)

      It should last for a really long time, 2-3 weeks for sure. The ingredients in it all last really long. Store in an air tight container in the fridge.

  46. Susannah Hayes — October 28, 2017 @ 7:01 am (#)

    I have always made my own bbq sauce. It’s easy and quick. Unfortunately I never measure my ingredients. But I normally use brown sugar, ketchup, and liquid smoke as my base. I love the addition of liquid smoke as it adds that smokey flavor. From there I will add a little garlic powder, hot sauce, honey, and red pepper flakes for some heat. The flavors can be changed depending on my mood. Everyone always asks what brand I use as it’s so good. Works perfectly on ribs, chicken wings, grilled chicken and bbq pork.

    • Christine Pittman — October 31, 2017 @ 10:44 am (#)

      Susannah, Love this kind of improvisational cooking! Thanks for the great ideas!

  47. Nina — October 17, 2017 @ 6:14 pm (#)

    Thank you for the great recipe. I never thought barbecue sauce could be this easy–easy to prepare and easy to adapt to your personal taste. I added more ketchup, some cider vinegar, a touch of Worcestershire, and some seasoned salt to my chicken. So delicious over baked potatoes!

    • Christine Pittman — October 23, 2017 @ 2:39 pm (#)

      Nina, your additions sound delicious. Thanks for letting me know. Glad you liked it!

  48. Stacey — October 10, 2017 @ 1:43 pm (#)

    I made this sauce but with a major twist of my own.  I used honey and brown sugar.  Also I users 1 tbs lemon juice, 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce and salt, lemon pepper and garlic.  Tasted awesome!  

    • Christine Pittman — October 11, 2017 @ 11:03 am (#)

      Stacey, Love your variation. It’s such an easy sauce to adapt. I can’t wait to try adding lemon juice – never done that before!

  49. FL Studio 12 Crack — October 1, 2017 @ 1:18 pm (#)

    Just what I was looking for. I am going to try for dinner with some ribs in oven. Barbecue sauce is one of my favorite sauces. Especially with chicken! I shall try this out this week. Looks easy to make and tasty!

  50. Nini — August 29, 2017 @ 4:41 pm (#)

    I tried it, and not too impressed with it. It tasted like sweet mustard and ketchup.

  51. John — August 24, 2017 @ 4:44 pm (#)

    Tried your recipe tonight, I added the Worcestershire sauce, a few drops of jalapeno sauce and garlic powder. Was fantastic, kids really enjoyed, “best sauce ever” was banded about.

    • Christine Pittman — August 28, 2017 @ 11:18 am (#)

      John, What a nice compliment. Thank you! I’m glad you guys liked it and your variations sound delicious.

  52. Ingrid Kvalvik — July 27, 2017 @ 5:25 am (#)

    BBQ sauce must do things to some people. A few of these comments are a bit bizarre. I want to let you know that I tried your simple and easy BBQ sauce recipe on my ribs and they were simply to die for! Thanks again for taking the time to share it with us.

    • Christine Pittman — July 27, 2017 @ 10:01 am (#)

      Ingrid, Fantastic. Thanks for letting me know you liked it. (I’m not sure but maybe BBQ sauce is one of those things that is really personal – people like it a certain way and feel passionate about it. It’s definitely interesting to see what people have to say!).

  53. Amy Garren — July 11, 2017 @ 6:51 pm (#)

    I made it for my chicken tweaked a little. They loved it thank you so much.

    • Christine Pittman — July 18, 2017 @ 9:01 am (#)

      Amy, You’re welcome!

  54. JP Colter — June 24, 2017 @ 2:23 pm (#)

    It looks from the commons as if quite a few people like this recipe. I don’t. The ketchup taste is way too pronounced. To me a barbecue sauce must have vinegar, onions, garlic, and brown sugar at a minimum. Ketchup is a good at dishing to barbecue sauce but a barbecue sauce for me is best based in tomato sauce.

  55. Crys Cassano — June 17, 2017 @ 9:02 pm (#)

    Thank you SO much for posting this simple, basic recipe, Christine! I was serving a vegetarian meal and wanted BBQ Chick-n-Strips (Gardein); I didn’t like the ingredients of many prepared BBQ sauces (high fructose corn syrup, for starters), so I went in search of a simple recipe and came upon yours (with all the wonderful comments left with variations galore!). I doubled the catsup (3 cups), mustard (1/2 cup), and brown sugar (1 cup), then added 1 Tbsp. of molasses, 2 tsp. onion powder, 1 tsp. garlic powder, and 2 tsp. liquid natural smoke flavoring. That made enough to cover 8 bags of the Chick-n-Strips generously, and my guests licked the casserole clean and came asking for more! Even some who weren’t BBQ enthusiasts came back for seconds. So, thanks a million, once again!

    • Christine Pittman — June 20, 2017 @ 8:11 am (#)

      You’re welcome, Crys. Thanks so much for letting me know!

  56. fernand van vlokhoeven — June 5, 2017 @ 7:27 am (#)

    I use concentrated tomatoes as ketchup is part of my anti American activity, on the other hand I use JD Black and Dijon mustard Amora brand. thanks much.

  57. Melissa Struss — May 28, 2017 @ 5:47 pm (#)

    Can this be used as a dipping sauce? Does it have ro be put on meat and be cooked?

    • Christine Pittman — June 2, 2017 @ 1:45 pm (#)

      Melissa, It doesn’t require cooking and can be used as a dip.

  58. SueJean Heinz — May 3, 2017 @ 8:46 pm (#)

    Love the recipe!
    I always seem to have way more ketchup on hand than barbecue sauce. It makes me wonder why I bother buying ketchup when my “cowboy” is always reaching for the other anyway. This gives me the perfect way to use up all that ketchup!!

  59. Kelsey — April 29, 2017 @ 9:21 pm (#)

    Can this be canned and stored? Even if you add other ingredients to it? Well so long as they are not dairy based that is. LOL

    • Christine Pittman — May 2, 2017 @ 8:27 am (#)

      Kelsey, it depends on the other ingredients. If everything is shelf stable, it will keep in the fridge for awhile for sure.

  60. Malvin M Johnson — April 10, 2017 @ 11:39 am (#)

    i had never made homemade sauce before and decided to surprise my family….so l found this recipe and followed it to the dot….believe you me the sauce was sticky,,tangy and sweet the balance was on point and we ended up eating the whole chicken thats how nice it was 

  61. Dawud — March 31, 2017 @ 9:29 pm (#)

    I just wanted to thank you for giving me the basics
    of BBQ sauce. My wife will be surprised when gets home!

  62. Steve — March 5, 2017 @ 2:08 pm (#)

    I was making a Pulled Chicken Barbeque when I discovered I did not have any Barbecue Sauce in the pantry. I Googled Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce and found your recipe. All I can say is, Why did I not try this sooner?!?! I used the basic recipe with Dark Brown Sugar. I then added Worcestershire Sauce, Soy Sauce, a drizzle of Maple Syrup, a teaspoon each of Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Paprika and Fresh Ground Black Peppercorns then blended and chilled the mixture. Wow! It is absolutely amazing! :)

    • Christine Pittman — March 8, 2017 @ 11:39 am (#)

      Steve, fantastic! So happy you liked it and your added ingredients sound amazing!!

  63. Angela P. — January 24, 2017 @ 11:12 pm (#)

    I found this recipe on a google search! It took me a few tries to get the right mix of things to go into it! Finally after like 3 tries,I found that it was best for me and my family to use only 1 c. ketchup and to add to this recipe;
    1 tsp- Spice Supreme Chili Powder
    1 tsp- Blazin Blends Garlic & Pepper
    1 tsp- McCormick Onion Powder
    1/4 c. Mrs. Butterworth’s Syrup
    I plane on using it on my chicken legs that my son love to have! So, Thank you, Christine,for your recipe!

  64. Sharon — January 23, 2017 @ 7:29 pm (#)

    Thank you, thank you! The recipe came in handy. Just like the rest had cook my chicken breast & thought I had barbecue sauce but no sauce in cabinet. I was ready to eat so I Google & I found this site recipe quick & easy & I added Worcestershire sauce & molasses. Great recipe!

    • Christine Pittman — January 24, 2017 @ 8:14 am (#)

      Thanks Sharon! So happy you liked it!

  65. Lilla — January 18, 2017 @ 7:55 am (#)

    I’ve been looking for a quick and easy BBQ sauce recipe and I was so happy to have come across yours. My only question is.. for how many lbs of chicken is this BBQ sauce good for? I’m having a small get together and plan on using 4,5lbs of chicken. Can’t wait to try this at home.

    • Christine Pittman — January 18, 2017 @ 11:15 am (#)

      Lilla, I find it easier to think of it as sauce per piece of chicken. You’ll need about 2 tablespoons of sauce per piece of chicken. There are 16 tablespoons in a cup and the recipe makes 2 cups so you’ll have 32 tablespoons, or enough for 16 pieces of chicken. If you like it really saucy, then you could say 3 tablespoons of sauce per piece of chicken, in which case it would cover about 11 pieces of chicken.

  66. Stacie Prater — January 12, 2017 @ 5:14 pm (#)

    Hmmm I did as instructed and mine tastes more like ketchup. 

    • Christine Pittman — January 13, 2017 @ 10:24 am (#)

      Stacie, It should taste tangier and sweeter than ketchup. If you want a more distinctive taste and darker color, you can go with molasses instead of honey. And go in with a good drip of Worcestershire sauce and a dash of hot sauce.

  67. Dario Clarke — January 6, 2017 @ 1:21 am (#)

    i just want to know if its mustard powder or the finished product

    • Christine Pittman — January 6, 2017 @ 7:37 am (#)

      Dario, The finished product. Plain yellow mustard like you put on hot dogs at the ball park.

  68. Tammy McClary — December 30, 2016 @ 2:29 pm (#)

    How much worchester sauce to add

    • Christine Pittman — January 3, 2017 @ 8:39 am (#)

      Tammy, Just a couple of drops. Then taste. Add more if you’d like. It is potent stuff though so a little at a time is key.

  69. MaryJo N Kraft — December 13, 2016 @ 3:22 pm (#)

    So you just mix it all together- no need to cook it, right?

    • Christine Pittman — December 14, 2016 @ 12:55 pm (#)

      MaryJo, Correct. Just mix and use.

  70. Natasha — December 13, 2016 @ 12:42 pm (#)

    I just stumbled across your recipe and am about to glaze my chicken with it. Yep, I too thought I had BBQ sauce, there is a snow storm, and the closest store is 30-45 minutes one way so this will have to work :D Can’t wait from all the awesome reviews. I plan to tweak just a smidgen with extra garlic and perhaps a little Worcestershire

    • Christine Pittman — December 14, 2016 @ 12:54 pm (#)

      Natasha, Happy to help. I hope you liked it and your tweaks sound great!

  71. Nena — December 10, 2016 @ 5:53 pm (#)

    So glad I found this recipe. I am making bbq pulled pork and didn’t have enough sauce so I made this recipe with chili powder garlic powder seasoning salt and a little soy sauce. Turned out perfect. Now its in with the pork and heating up. Thank you for the recipe. You saved me from having to try to get to the store in my power chair with 6 inches of snow to fight through.

    • Christine Pittman — December 12, 2016 @ 6:24 am (#)

      Nena, So happy to help and I’m delighted that you liked it.

  72. Joan brown — December 2, 2016 @ 6:39 pm (#)

    I Wanted to do a homemade bbq sauce so searching the net I found yours and gave it a try. Well my visitors just loved it and wanted to know how I made it. I was almost gonna take the credit😜  I did it with spare ribs chops. It was absolutely delicious. Thanks very much for posting your receipt. Next time I’ll try it on chicken. No more bottled or packed bbq for me.
     Ps. I did write out your receipt for my friend to try. 

  73. Jacynda Peterson — November 12, 2016 @ 5:16 pm (#)

    Thanks so much for this recipe!!! The food was already in the grill and i was beginning to panic!! Tastes sooooo good, only i used more honey and added garlic and herbs <3

    • Christine Pittman — November 15, 2016 @ 10:20 am (#)

      So happy you liked it, Jacynda!

  74. Denise Abney — October 20, 2016 @ 1:55 pm (#)

    Can you use white sugar instead of brown sugar. What if you have no honey?

    • Christine Pittman — October 24, 2016 @ 3:35 pm (#)

      I think white sugar would work. Use a bit less and then taste and see. Molasses works too.

  75. Micka — October 12, 2016 @ 2:46 am (#)

    Hi, I would like my BBQ chicken to look more dark red than orange. What can I add to make it look redder? Would paprika or some dark soy sauce work?

    • Christine Pittman — October 17, 2016 @ 8:25 am (#)

      Yes, either of those would work. Molasses is another option.

  76. Missy — October 3, 2016 @ 8:44 pm (#)

    Hello! Can you tell which type of mustard you use? Thanks in advance!

    • Christine Pittman — October 10, 2016 @ 9:57 am (#)

      Missy, I used yellow mustard and I edited the recipe to say so. I’m sorry about that. I do think you could use any kind of mustard though, except perhaps a really spicy one. You’d put in much less if it was hot.

  77. SHIRLEY WILKES — October 1, 2016 @ 1:47 pm (#)


    • Christine Pittman — October 3, 2016 @ 6:00 am (#)

      Shirley, I’m so happy that you like it so much. Thanks for letting us know! And now I really wish I was eating ribs…

  78. Indra Salama — September 30, 2016 @ 3:45 pm (#)

    Thanx a million will try the bbq sauce this weekend

    • Christine Pittman — October 3, 2016 @ 6:01 am (#)

      You’re welcome!

  79. Zoe — September 24, 2016 @ 2:58 am (#)

    Thank you, thank you for this simple recipe. Like everyone else I thought I had a bottle of bbq sauce. This easy recipe saved the day and I now know how to have a batch ready always. I added lemon pepper, grated garlic and paprika. As we say in Hawaii, soooo ONO! Aloha!

    • Christine Pittman — September 27, 2016 @ 10:33 am (#)

      Zoe, I’m delighted to have saved the day. Glad you liked it!

  80. Peaches — September 21, 2016 @ 1:26 am (#)

    Hi there…I adore your site, and all the feedback you give to the feedback you get is oh so thoughtful and generous !!!! You are kind and it is obvious you love what you are for doing here on this site…..I am impressed !!!! I appreciate you !!!! I am however having a bit of trouble signing up to “belong” to your site and I would like to be a part of your sister site as well….you have my permission to sign me up for both ….please and thank you…
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    • Christine Pittman — September 21, 2016 @ 5:44 am (#)

      Peaches, I have signed you up for both. You should get emails looking for confirmation. Check your inbox and if it’s not there, look in your trash and spam folders. They shouldn’t go there but you never know. Thank you for your kind words.

  81. Kati Jones — September 12, 2016 @ 1:02 pm (#)

    Thank you! My friend has Hosimotos and so can’t have store BBQ sauce as many sneak gluten in with molasses. I was able to make a really delicious sauce after messing around. 

    I added minced onion, 1/2 tbsp chilli powder, salt and pepper, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2/4 cups honey, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1/2 tbsp garlic powder. Mixed it all in and it’s really good. Savoury and sweet. :) 

    • Christine Pittman — September 16, 2016 @ 11:52 am (#)

      Kati, That sounds delicious. I’m going to give it a try soon!

  82. Kim Fichtner — September 8, 2016 @ 2:00 pm (#)

    Best recipe! Very easy to make! Thank you! Using this for pork chops in slow cooker.

    • Christine Pittman — September 9, 2016 @ 8:46 am (#)

      Thanks Kim. Really happy you like it. It’s a favorite around here too!

  83. K. Dan — September 4, 2016 @ 10:51 am (#)

    I love this simple recipe! I added a splash of lemon, a tablespoon of white, and a dash of worsteshire sauce. It was great!

    • Christine Pittman — September 7, 2016 @ 5:43 am (#)

      So happy you liked it. Love your tweaks!

  84. Bridgette — August 29, 2016 @ 12:02 am (#)

    Can the dry mustard be used?

    • Christine Pittman — August 29, 2016 @ 5:34 pm (#)

      Bridgette, Not for the full amount of mustard called for in the recipe. Dry mustard is too spicy for that. You could experiment using the amounts of ketchup and honey listed. Then add the dry mustard 1 teaspoon at a time, stir and taste. If you try it, let us know how it turns out.

  85. Jean — August 20, 2016 @ 1:07 am (#)

    How many cups of sauce for 100 little meatballs 

    • Christine Pittman — August 22, 2016 @ 12:26 pm (#)

      Jean, I’m not really sure. What I would do is make one batch of sauce and see how many meatballs that covers. Then calculate how many batches you need to cover the rest of the meatballs from there.

  86. Kelley burleaon — August 16, 2016 @ 5:36 pm (#)

    Going to try this with bbq chicken breasts  in the ovwn

  87. Lisa — August 9, 2016 @ 1:56 pm (#)

    Do you think this would be good on boneless ribs. 

    • Christine Pittman — August 9, 2016 @ 3:33 pm (#)

      Lisa, yes, definitely!

  88. Jennifer Lamkin — July 30, 2016 @ 9:35 pm (#)

    You just saved me!! Thought I had some bbq sauce in the pantry and I didnt. The chicken wings were already in the oven. I was panicking until I found this recipe. I made it and wow!! I’ll neverr opt for store bought sauce again! Thank you!! 

    • Christine Pittman — August 1, 2016 @ 9:07 am (#)

      Jennifer, I’m so happy I could help. Thanks for letting me know!

  89. Coral — July 27, 2016 @ 1:57 pm (#)

    I just have ketchup, garlic, sat, pepper and honey.. Without mustard, works?

    • Christine Pittman — July 28, 2016 @ 1:25 pm (#)

      You could try. I’d add in some vinegar maybe.

  90. jenna — July 16, 2016 @ 1:21 am (#)

    This is great. Thanks.  If I use sweet and sour sauce instead of regular ketchup,  will it do? 

    • Christine Pittman — July 17, 2016 @ 4:05 pm (#)

      Jenna, Yes, I think that will work. If you try it, let me know how it goes.

  91. Patrick Scott — July 10, 2016 @ 3:59 pm (#)

    I’ll never buy BBQ sauce from the store again ,, now that I can make my own with these simple ingredients, plus I can customise it to what ever food I’m cookin..

    • Christine Pittman — July 10, 2016 @ 6:36 pm (#)

      Patrick, so so happy you liked it. Thanks for letting me know!

  92. Judy Wilson — June 6, 2016 @ 5:30 pm (#)

    I’m surprised by how simple this barbecue sauce recipe is. I didn’t know that all it takes to make sauce the right way is with ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, and salt. I’ve always thought that it required a secret ingredient, so it’s good to see that barbecue sauce actually requires pretty simple ingredients.

  93. momz — May 24, 2016 @ 4:57 pm (#)

    Just what I was looking for. I am going to try for dinner with some ribs in oven. :)

  94. Debbie Stratton — April 26, 2016 @ 4:38 pm (#)

    Great starting sauce can spice it up so many ways. I added chopped onions, peppers and garlic. I added cumin and tyme. 

    • Christine Pittman — April 28, 2016 @ 10:14 am (#)

      Debbie, So glad you like it. Love your additions!

  95. Daria Tarrant — November 22, 2015 @ 10:41 am (#)

    Mary, I’ve always been looking for a simple BBQ Sauce recipe but could never find one. Thank you for posting this it’s the simplest one I’ve ever seen. I’m going to try it tonight.
    Thanks again,

  96. Mary Frances — September 3, 2015 @ 10:13 am (#)

    Barbecue sauce is one of my favorite sauces. Especially with chicken! I shall try this out this week. Looks easy to make and tasty! 


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