Best Ever Homemade Barbecue Sauce

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: American


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 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
  • ¼ cup prepared yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • tsp. hot sauce


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