Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe – Ready in 15 minutes, you’ll have the best Homemade Barbecue Sauce that is sweet and tangy and made from scratch!!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe - Ready in 15 minutes, you'll have the best Homemade Barbecue Sauce that is sweet and tangy and made from scratch! // addapinch.com

BBQ sauce is one of those topics that people can become really, really passionate about. There are the regional camps of North Carolina style BBQ sauce, Kansas City style BBQ sauce, white Alabama BBQ sauce, and then the Memphis style with no sauce at all (well, maybe just a smidge). Everyone has their personal favorites.

And you know, I really love them all.

I’ve shared my Mama’s Coca Cola BBQ Sauce with you that is the one that I personally grew up with. I’ve shared our Spicy Mustard BBQ Sauce that we use from time to time, and I’ve also shared my Peach BBQ Sauce that makes everything taste heavenly.

I’ve also included our favorite molasses-based Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce in my cookbook which just takes ribs to a whole new level!

But today friends, I want to share with you this quick and easy, 15 minute BBQ sauce that takes just a handful of ingredients to make and comes out perfect every single time.

We’ve had friends who call this the best BBQ Sauce they’ve ever tasted and it’s pretty easy to see why!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe - Ready in 15 minutes, you'll have the best Homemade Barbecue Sauce that is sweet and tangy and made from scratch! // addapinch.com

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe Ingredients

This BBQ Sauce comes together quickly with just a handful of ingredients that I generally have in my refrigerator or my pantry and is one that I think you all will fall in love with as well. I’ve had friends ask me to please make extra for them to take home and if I’d bottle it, they’d surely buy it. ♥️

To make this homemade BBQ Sauce, you’ll need:

  • Ketchup – You’ll use 2 cups of your favorite ketchup as the base in this recipe. I prefer to use one with the fewest ingredients and one that does not include high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – the apple cider vinegar gives the sauce a delicious, tangy flavor that helps to balance it perfectly.
  • Brown Sugar – just 1/4 cup of brown sugar not only helps sweeten the sauce but deepens the flavor adding just a hint of molasses flavor.
  • Honey – use a couple of tablespoons of your favorite honey. If you can find a reliable local honey provider, I always recommend it!
  • Worcestershire sauce – this balances the sweetness with savory flavor in the sauce. If you are gluten-free or sensitive to soy (like me!), you can use coconut aminos in place of the Worcestershire sauce.
  • Stone House Seasoning – this is my favorite, go-to blend of seasonings that I have shared previously. It is a blend of kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic that tastes amazing on so many dishes and adds flavor in a snap! We named it Stone House Seasoning since we use it practically on everything except desserts!
  • Lemon Juice – A tablespoon of fresh or bottled lemon juice adds just the perfect amount of acid to this sauce to make it perfect.
  • Hot Sauce – We love to add just a splash of hot sauce to this BBQ Sauce recipe. It is entirely optional if you’d rather not include it.

How to Make the Best BBQ Sauce

  1. Cook the BBQ Sauce. Whisk together all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Allow the sauce to bubble and then reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes. This helps to deepen the flavors and thicken the sauce.
  2. Serve. You can use this sauce immediately on ribs, chicken, pork, salads, and so much more!

How to Store Homemade BBQ Sauce

If you have prepared this sauce as a make-ahead recipe to use for meal prep, you can allow it to cool slightly and then pour it into a quart-size mason jar. Seal it with a tight-fitting lid and store in the refrigerator to use for quick and easy meals throughout the week!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe - Ready in 15 minutes, you'll have the best Homemade Barbecue Sauce that is sweet and tangy and made from scratch! // addapinch.com

Favorite Ways to Use BBQ Sauce

Here’s my best Homemade BBQ Sauce recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

5 from 135 votes
Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe – Ready in 15 minutes, you’ll have the best Homemade Barbecue Sauce that is sweet and tangy and made from scratch! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16 servings


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, or coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Stone House Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce, optional


  • Whisk together all ingredients in a medium saucepan situated over medium heat. Allow to come to a bubble and then reduce the heat to low. Allow to simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. 
  • Serve immediately or allow to cool slightly and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. 


Makes 2 cups of sauce. 



Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 431mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    1. Sarah, I have not tried canning this BBQ sauce so I can’t tell you how it would be.

    2. Peggy, I’m glad you like this BBQ sauce. I haven’t frozen this BBQ sauce but others have said they freeze BBQ sauce. Place the BBQ sauce in an airtight freezer container and freeze up to 6 months. You could also flash freeze in ice cube trays and then pop those out when frozen and place in airtight freezer containers and freeze.

    1. Deva, I use Cholula hot sauce but you can use whichever hot sauce is your favorite. Hope you enjoy the BBQ sauce.

  1. 5 stars
    All I can say is..yummmm
    I cook a lot and this is the best bbq sauce I’ve come across! I did put some more heat in as my hubby likes it hot.

    1. Thank you, Karen. I love that you can adjust the amount of heat in the BBQ sauce to suit your taste.

  2. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe. First time I made this sauce I didn’t look up what Stone House Seasoning was, and thought, I’ll just add salt, pepper, and garlic … today, I finally looked at what’s in it lol. I usally add cayenne/red paper based hot sauce like Louisiana or Trappeys. If it’s going on pulled pork, I reduce catsup by 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar.

    1. Thanks, Dowd. I like those hot sauces in this BBQ sauce, too. Glad you looked up the Stone House Seasoning recipe.

  3. Did I miss the quantity of ingredients to use to makePulled Pork BBQ sauce. I only saw it being made.

    1. Carol, the recipe card with list of ingredients, quantity, and instructions is at the bottom of the post. Hope you enjoy.

  4. l loved this sauce! it’s just what I wanted. it reminds me of Amish BBQ sauce. I basted baby back ribs with this. Awesome.

  5. 5 stars
    This was my first time EVER making barbecue sauce. First, I made Gordon Ramsay’s barbecue sauce. HUGE MISTAKE! I mean, I like onions but… 😬 That one, in Ramsay style, went right into the bin!
    This BBQ Sauce saved the day and the rack of ribs! I used 1/3 cup banana katsup because I was short on katsup. Used Sriracha for spice. Could maybe try some smoky paprika next time? The flavor is on point! I’m not a huge fan of BBQ sauce. I love this sauce!!!

    1. Kim, I’m so glad you like this BBQ sauce. Several people have commented that you put smoked paprika in theirs and love it.