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Homemade BBQ Sauce

Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce

Sweet and smoky with a nice tang - you will love this 10-minute BBQ sauce recipe!

Easy homemade BBQ sauce recipe. BBQ sauce pictured in a Kilner jar.
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Made from a few storecupboard ingredients, this deliciously thick BBQ sauce is far better than any shop-bought stuff.

In this post, I'll show you how easy it is to make homemade BBQ sauce from scratch!

Ingredients in Homemade BBQ sauce

  • ketchup
  • dark brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • English mustard
  • white wine vinegar
  • garlic granules
  •  pinch of salt
  •  pinch of black pepper
  • liquid smoke - optional, but seriously good!

What do you use Liquid Smoke for?

A quick word on liquid smoke - if you've never used this before, let me tell you it is a life-changing store cupboard ingredient. 

Now, here in the UK, it isn't widely available in supermarkets but you can buy liquid smoke over on Amazon.

A bottle will last ages since you really only need a tiny amount. Open the bottle and it really does smell like hickory smoke!

To cook with liquid smoke you can brush it onto chicken, burgers, steak or hot dogs for an instant tangy outdoor smoky flavour.

Add a few dashes to marinades, sauces, baked beans, dips, or poultry. It will create a lovely campfire warmth.

How to make Homemade BBQ Sauce

Throw all the ingredients into a saucepan and, over a very low heat, heat while stirring until everything has melted and mixed together.

That's it - job done!

BBQ sauce ingredients in a saucepan

Serve BBQ Sauce with - pretty much anything!

  • Burgers
  • Hot dogs
  • Chicken
  • Wings
  • Ribs
  • Fries
  • Steak
  • Pork
  • As a dip
You could even add a tablespoon to dishes such as Chilli con Carne or Bolognese.

Recommended Equipment

  • a wooden spoon
  • Kilner jar - or similar

How long will it keep?

Stored in an airtight container or Kilner jar the sauce should last up to 10 days in the fridge. 

Homemade BBQ sauce in a small jar

BBQ Sauce Recipe

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Yield: 8
Author: Jan Bennett
Homemade BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Sweet, smoky, tangy and deliciously thick. This bbq sauce is made in just 10 minutes.Makes about 200ml and serves up to 8 on burgers.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 5 MinTotal time: 10 Min


  • 160g of ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar - packed, level tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon English mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon hot smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 5 drops of Tabasco
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic granules
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke - optional, but seriously good!


  1. Throw all of the ingredients in a saucepan and mix them all together.
  2. Heat over a low heat, until it starts to bubble, then simmer for 5 minutes. Take care not to overheat the sauce or it will impair the taste and also it could spit, so take good care.
  3. Turn off the heat and allow it to cool completely before serving or storing.
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