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This BBQ Sauce is a fast and easy homemade sauce that is perfect for grilling and your smoker! Gluten free and made with classic and traditional flavors. Versatile to use on any meat or food for the summer!
A basting brush dipping into a bowl of BBQ Sauce

This BBQ Sauce is a fast and easy classic sauce that is perfect for grilling! Versatile and traditional flavors make it a perfect sauce to use on any of your favorite foods!

A basting brush dipping into a bowl of BBQ Sauce

Simple BBQ Sauce Recipe

Why is it Called BBQ Sauce?

Barbecue is a method of cooking over an open fire.

And the barbecue sauce is believed to have originated in a missionary where they were using spices and lime juice to flavor meet that was being cooked over a fire.

BBQ Sauce in a white bowl

What Country Invented Barbecue Sauce?

Surprisingly, it is believed that the above story of how BBQ sauce was invented originated in the French West Indes from a Dominican missionary.

What is the Most Popular Style of BBQ Sauce?

This very much depends on the region or area you live in, but generally speaking tomato based sauces are the most popular and common.

What is the Flavor of Barbeque Sauce?

Generally a barbecue sauce has a tangy, sweet but slightly spicy taste to it. This is due to a complex combination of many flavors.

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What is In Barbecue Sauce?

The ingredients in each recipe will vary, but this is what you need to make this simple sauce:

  • Ketchup
  • Molasses
  • Yellow Onion
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Vegetable Oil

How Do You Make Your Own Barbecue Sauce?

First chop the onions and cook them in a pot over medium heat in a little oil until they are translucent (clear looking) but not browning too much.

Then add the rest of your ingredients, bring it to a simmer, and let it cook until thickened.

That is it! So easy!

You can keep this sauce in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Use it in your favorite BBQ recipes. Since there are sugars in the sauce, you will want to wait until the last 15-30 minutes of cooking to add it, otherwise the sugars can start to burn if cooked too long.

BBQ Sauce in a white bowl with a basting brush in it
Pin of BBQ Sauce in a bowl with a brush and title at top
A basting brush dipping into a bowl of BBQ Sauce

BBQ Sauce Recipe

This BBQ Sauce is a fast and easy homemade sauce that is perfect for grilling and your smoker! Gluten free and made with classic and traditional flavors. Versatile to use on any meat or food for the summer!
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, BBQ, Gluten Free, Summer
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 377kcal

Equipment

  • Small Pot

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a small or medium pot over medium heat.
  • When hot, add the onion and cook until translucent but not browning, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, stir together, and bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce heat to medium low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened, about 20 minutes.
    Add more water if needed at any point, and if too thin, continue to cook down.
  • Season with salt and pepper if desired. The sauce can be kept in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

Notes

If you are cooking a lot, I recommend doubling up on the sauce as it goes fast!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1788mg | Potassium: 1556mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 79g | Vitamin A: 1092IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 5mg
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By on May 18th, 2022

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Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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2 thoughts on “BBQ Sauce”

  1. 5 stars
    I love how flavorful it is and super easy to make! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing bbq sauce! Super loved it!

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