Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce

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Homemade BBQ Sauce is so good, and really so easy.

You’ll probably have everything you need already in your pantry.  The taste is authentic and it literally comes together in only about 15 minutes! We use it on our BBQ ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, and BBQ brisket sandwiches!

A small glass pitcher pouring easy homemade BBQ sauce over cooked baby back ribs.


Preparing this amazing sauce could not be easier.

All you have to do is add all the ingredients into a medium sauce pan over medium heat, and then simmer for about 15 minutes.

And that’s all there is to it! It’s now ready to use immediately, or store for later use.

Homemade BBQ sauce being pour over a brisket in a Crock-Pot slow-cooker for BBQ brisket sandwiches.

We just love everything about barbecue. Including reading about its amazing origins.

This Homemade BBQ Sauce is the key to truly knock-out BBQ taste…right at home.

EXPERT TIP: Store the sauce in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks. You can freeze it for up to 3 months!

Slow Cooker Ribs recipe

We can’t rave enough about this Homemade BBQ Sauce. We use in on so many dishes, including Incredible Slow-Cooker Baby Back RibsBest-Ever BBQ Shrimp, and Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork!

This make-at-home recipe is so easy and wonderful in taste. You’ll never buy store-bought variety again! It’s that good!

And when you make an amazing dish using this incredible bbq sauce, take a photo, post it to Instagram and tag @howtofeedaloon and #howotofeedaloon!

Easy BBQ sauce

Easy BBQ Sauce

This Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce is just that, easy...but really, really delicious. Perfect for slow cooker ribs and Southern Grilled BBQ Shrimp.  You'll never buy the store-bought variety again! It's really that good!
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: BBQ / Southern
Keyword: authentic BBQ sauce, Barbecue, Homemade BBQ Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 117kcal


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder ancho, or regular
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp hot sauce like Crystals, Tobasco, or Franks
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper ground
  • 2 tbsp bourbon optional


  • Whisk all ingredients together in sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, cool.



Cooked (and cooled) sauce can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks and frozen for up to 3 months. 


Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 743mg | Potassium: 379mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 604IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg
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