Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipes


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. celery seeds
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
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  • 1 tsp. season salt


Mix ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire, celery seeds, chili powder and seasoned salt in mixing bowl with wire whisk. Makes about 1 3/4 cups.

Use as baste when cooking meats.

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By Vi Johnson from Moorpark, CA

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This has just enough bite to be great without being overpowering. We have used this recipe for about 20 years.

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Made with items right from your cupboard. Mix all together after you have sauteed the onion, simmer to blend flavors. Cool and refrigerate.

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A really good BBQ chicken dippin' sauce.

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This is a wonderful thick sauce that I use with chicken tenders and it really makes them plump and juicy when baked. We like them better than fried tenders. Don't use this sauce for dipping because it may be too strong to do so.

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Excellent sauce!

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This is a delightful blend of flavors! If you're using it to cook in the oven or slower cooker instead of grilling, just add a drop or two of liquid smoke for a grill flavor.

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Cook your meat. Boil sauce 5 minutes before using on meat.

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Homemade is better and less expensive than store bought ;-) Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan and simmer over a low heat, uncovered for 20 minutes.

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Not sure if this is really an authentic Weight Watcher recipe, but it sure does taste good!

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Saute onion in hot oil until tender. Add remaining ingredients; simmer 15 minutes.

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Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Makes 1 3/4 cups.

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Recipe for Golden Ember Barbecue Sauce. Mix together and heat to boiling. Use hot on chicken!

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I have a son with colitis. He can't eat beef, so he eats a lot of chicken and turkey. Barbecue sauce is one of his favorite things to put on poultry, but almost all store bought bbq sauces have a base of vinegar, a big no-no for him. Too much spice is also bad. Id appreciate any bbq sauce recipes that don't use acids or a lot of spice. Garlic and onion are OK. He also loves peach mango salsa, so some fruit is OK. Molasses and teriyaki are OK, too. A small amount of mustard is fine, but not too much. Thank you.

By Di from Wilsonville, OR


May 13, 20090 found this helpful

I don't have a recipe, but try rolling your own.
Looking at the last few lines of your post, it seems that you have a pretty good start on the ingredient list. On the assumption you want a tomato based sauce, try subbing lemon or lime juice for the vinegar. Most tomato based sauces are heavy on the sweetener. Both molasses and brown sugar are popular. Add either to some tomato sauce along with sauteed onion, garlic, and bell pepper, (finely chopped) then simmer at a low heat. Don't even taste it for at least an hour. Don't be afraid to add water. Stuff to add at this point, a few red pepper flakes(?), a little mustard, a few drops of liquid smoke, the citrus juices. If teriyaki is OK, ( contains vinegar ) try that. Also maybe Worcestershire sauce (vinegar too). For my taste buds, I find adding a little tomato paste gives it a sweet tangy zing.

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May 13, 20091 found this helpful

Both of these recipes call for ketchup, but if he can't have ketchup, you can substitute tomato soup or tomato sauce.

Here is a recipe that only uses 2 ingredients, ketchup and a can of cola.

Here is a recipe with just a few ingredients, only 1 tbsp. vinegar, you could leave that out.

I hope these are the type of recipes you are looking for. Best of luck in your search.

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May 15, 20090 found this helpful

I haven't tried this personally, but it might help. 1 10 3/4 ounce of condensed Tomato Soup, 2 Tablespoons of honey, 1 teaspoon dry mustard, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder. Stir together and use when you grill your chicken.

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I want to make a homemade barbeque type sauce, but not super sweet. I have ketchup without corn syrup, Dijon mustard, garlic and onion powders, hot sauce, and a few other things that might work. I don't want to waste the ingredients just mixing things.

By jules from San Juan, PR


April 6, 20110 found this helpful

Start with one cup catsup. Put in bowl. Add 2 tablespoons brown sugar, or white sugar and a 1/2
teaspoon molasses if you don't have brown sugar. Add 1 tablespoon cider vinegar. Add very tiny dab
of dijon if you don't have dry mustard. Like less than a teaspoon. If you have dry mustard, add 1/2 teaspoon.
Use 1/2 teaspoon or less onion powder. Stir and let sit 15 minutes. Taste. You can add a tiny
bit more brown sugar, or a tiny bit more vinegar. If you happen to have liquid smoke you could add one drop.

I am suggesting the smallest amounts so that if you don't get it the way you want, it's not a waste of ingredients.
But barbeque sauce is catsup, brown sugar, vinegar, onions or onion powder, dry mustard or some other kind.

Tinker with it; it should come out acceptable.

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April 7, 20110 found this helpful

I've made this recipe before and it was a delightful blend! You can reduce the recipe by half the first time you make it, so as to not be wasteful if you don't like it, and you can substitute the cayenne with your hot sauce. You don't have to refrigerate for a day before using but it does taste much better if you do. ;-)

Missouri Barbecue Sauce

2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat. Simmer the sauce, stirring occasionally, until sauce has slightly thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool before storing in an airtight container and refrigerate for a day to let the flavors blend.

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August 13, 2016

Try making this delicious barbecue sauce using rhubarb. This is a page about rhubarbecue sauce.

Rhubarb leaves stuffed with meat and topped with a rhubarb sauce

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January 30, 2013

This page contains southern barbeque sauce recipes. Generally this kind is a bit hotter and spicier than regular BBQ sauce.

Southern Barbecue Sauce

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