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Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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I made homemade barbecue sauce one day out of necessity because I needed barbecue sauce and didn’t have any.  A quick mix of basic pantry ingredients that simmer for a few minutes and I had homemade barbecue sauce.

Homemade barbecue sauce

We are huge fans of Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce. I love it so much that I’ve never bothered trying to make my own sauce. I figured it was probably pretty easy, but I was happy with Ray.  Then I ran out of Ray and forgot to get more.  I was making pulled chicken sandwiches and I had to have barbecue sauce for them. My friend Gina from Pinch This Stretch That kindly gave me her recipe for homemade barbecue sauce and saved the day.

I have a gigantic bottle of liquid smoke for making slow cooker barbecue ribs that I’m always looking for another use for.  This recipe is yummy on it’s own, but it’s really a jumping off point. You can add honey, garlic, more liquid smoke, more brown sugar, Tabasco – whatever flavors you love in your barbecue sauce.

I would suggest doubling or tripling this recipe if you want any leftover for next time.  I ended up using one entire recipe in the pulled chicken sandwiches.

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Splash of white vinegar

Instructions

Melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat.
Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

 

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7 Comments
  • Alicia Ivy
    December 31, 2017

    Really good. Easy and simple recipe with only a few ingredients.
    This is a really great sauce.
    Will use this recipe again.

  • Judy
    May 13, 2013

    Homemade is always better! Your sauce sounds perfect for summer barbecues ~ Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. 🙂

  • Miz Helen
    May 11, 2013

    Hi Camille,
    Great Sauce! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a very special Mothers Day Weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Rachel Schichtl
    May 6, 2013

    Thank you! I was at the grocery store this weekend looking for some affordable BBQ sauce that wasn’t full of high fructose corn syrup.

  • Dianna
    May 4, 2013

    I’m so glad to find an alternative to Sweet Baby Ray’s!! It was always my fave until I read the ingredients…HFCS is the first thing in it…can’t wait to try this! Thanks, Cammie!

  • Gina H
    April 30, 2013

    You make my recipe look so good!!!