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earn how to make this easy barbecue sauce from scratch and you’ll never go back to bottled barbecue sauces again. It’s easy to tweak this recipe to your personal preferences once you get the basics down.

What ingredients do you need to make homemade BBQ sauce?

For this sauce recipe, you will need ketchup, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, thyme, chili power, onion and garlic powder.

As I mentioned, you can play around with the ingredients adjusting the qty and eliminating ketchup or mustard, trying different types of vinegar or adding herbs to really create your own personal favorite style of barbecue sauce. Have fun with it! This recipe is meant to give you a solid starting point.

Watch how to make this sauce.

Check out this step-by-step video showing how this homemade BBQ sauce comes together:

What are some great recipes using BBQ sauce?

I have a few favorites. 🙂

Here they are:

BBQ Shrimp and Grits

BBQ Pork-topped Cornbread

Lazy BBQ Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork Nachos

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Best Way to Store Homemade Sauces

I prefer old fashioned Mason jars for storing sauces. However, I don’t like the metal lids since they rust and therefore aren’t super reusable so I buy special lids that are dishwasher friendly and are easy to put on and take off.

You can buy reusable lids in plastic or glass. The plastic lids aren’t always 100% leak proof but work great if you’re storing things upright. Wek brand jars use a glass lid that seals well. So depending on your use, you may want to check into that brand. You can shop everything on Amazon of course. Here are some links to get you started:

Shop sauce-size Mason jars

Shop Mason jar plastic lids

Shop Wek jars with glass lids

How long can you store homemade BBQ sauce?

It’s safe to store homemade BBQ sauce for about 10 day sin the fridge. You may be able to store it longer than that, just check to make sure there is no mold on the sauce itself of the jar before use. You may also need to shake or stir the sauce before use if ingredients separate.

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How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce
Homemade BBQ Sauce

How to Make an Easy Barbecue Sauce from Scratch

Learn how to make this easy barbecue sauce from scratch and you’ll never go back to bottled barbecue sauces again. It’s easy to tweak this recipe to your personal preferences once you get the basics down.
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Cuisine: American
Skill Level: Easy
Recipe Type: Condiments
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ tsp thyme (fresh or dried)
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  • Add ingredients to a sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Stir to combine. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer. Simmer covered for at least 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until sugar has dissolved and a thick sauce has formed.

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Nutrition Facts
How to Make an Easy Barbecue Sauce from Scratch
Amount per Serving
Calories
50
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
224
mg
10
%
Potassium
 
102
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
104
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
16
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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