How To Make Your Own BBQ Sauce

BBQ Sauce~

My homemade BBQ sauce is really delicious. It is sweet, tangy, smooth, and spicy with a deep, smooth, rich flavor that is just dreamy on everything from ribs to hamburgers. It even tastes fantastic on potatoes and mushrooms! It took me a long time of tweaking to get it just right.  It’s not too hot or too sweet, it is just right!


  • 2 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 8 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 and 3/4 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup of onion, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

There really isn’t any directions for putting it together.  Just mix everything in a sauce pan and stir until boiling.  Lower the heat and simmer for another fifteen minutes, stirring frequently.  You can use the sauce immediately or store it in a container with an air tight lid.  Makes about three cups and should keep in the refrigerator for two to three weeks.


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If you prefer a hotter BBQ sauce, what I think of as a cross between hot sauce and BBQ sauce, the recipe changes a bit.  I like my hot BBQ sauce to be really hot, so I use four peppers.  If you like your sauce less hot, only use one or two.



  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 to 4 jalapeno peppers (seeds removed) and minced

Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for fifteen minutes, stirring every few minutes.  Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.  Should keep for about a month.

This hotter version BBQ sauce is really terrific on meatloaf, it gives it real ZIP!!!  Try it and see for yourself.






  1. Bill Kasman February 2, 2016 1:13 pm Reply

    I don’t like anything really hot or spicy but I would be willing to give the mild version a try.

  2. Nona February 2, 2016 10:12 pm Reply

    I’ll have to add this one to my “try in the future” list as I get braver. I dont have all of the stuff I need to make it at home.

  3. Sandy KS February 4, 2016 9:42 pm Reply

    I would have to have mild. I am trying to come up with a sauce that doesn’t affect my GERD. It is hard because some f the ingredients can’t be changed. Otherwise it severely affects the flavor.

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