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Easy BBQ sauce

Easy BBQ Sauce

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
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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  • 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