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The Best Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce Recipe

Kick your bbq up a notch with The Best Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce Recipe. Simple to make and the perfect balance of sweetness, spice, and everything nice.

BBQ Sauce in mason jar

We love to grill! I say “we”, but my hubby is the grill master around here. I am in charge of spices, sauces, sides, etc. Anytime we are grilling up something that needs sauce we whip up a batch of the BEST Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce Recipe.

This recipe takes just a couple minutes to stir together and is great right out of the gate. If you want it even better take a few minutes to put your sauce in a saucepan and let all of the flavors really marry together. INCREDIBLE!


How to make Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce

The Best Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce in saucepan with wooden spoon

This bbq sauce is so easy to make! Right in your saucepan mix together all of the ingredients. This sauce is made with a ketchup base which makes it simple to toss together.

You can enjoy your sauce immediately after mixing it together if you are in a hurry. I highly recommend turning your burner on low and letting this sauce simmer for about 20 minutes. It really marries the flavors and brings them together.

Gluten Free BBQ Sauce in saucepan

Use as you would as a dip, topping or in any recipe.

Gluten Free

This recipe makes an amazing Gluten Free BBQ Sauce. Like with any gluten free recipe you want to make sure all of your ingredients are gluten free. Hidden sources of gluten could be your ketchup or worchesterhire sauce.


Sweet BBQ Sauce in jar on cutting board

Storing your fresh made BBQ Sauce is simple! I like to keep mine in a mason jar in the fridge. You can also purchase plastic squirt bottles from your local home goods store.

You can keep this in the fridge for up to 1 week, possibly a little longer. Since it is homemade and does not have all the preservatives of store bought sauce it does not last as long.

It’s best if you only make as much sauce as you will use at once. Since it is so easy to make this isn’t any issue for any meal.

Big Batches

Need a big batch of bbq sauce? You can very easily double or triple this recipe with out any issues. This Simple BBQ Sauce turns out perfect in big batches.

Try it on These Recipes

Now that you have made the most delicious, easy bbq sauce, it is time to put it to use! Try it on these great recipes.

Ways to Use BBQ Sauce

Now that you have a delicious sauce, here are some great ways to use it! Our favorites are:

  • Traditional BBQ meat: Grilled chicken, ribs, pulled pork, etc.
  • Baked beans: BBQ Sauce adds great flavor to homemade baked beans!
  • Pizzas: Don’t knock it till you try it. Use BBQ in place of sauce. Great for BBQ Chicken Pizza.
  • Dipping sauce: BBQ is a great dipping sauce for chicken nuggets, roasted veggies, and Crockpot BBQ & Grape Jelly meatballs, plus so much more!

Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce

Kick your bbq up a notch with The Best Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce Recipe. Simple to make and the perfect balance of sweetness, tang, and spices.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes



  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 ½ Tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • ½ Tbsp black pepper
  • 2 dashes hot sauce


  • In a sauce pan combine all of the ingredients until well blended.
  • Cook over low heat to marry all of the flavors together. About 20 -30 minutes. This step can be optional, but it does help to develop the sauce.
  • Give your sauce a taste. You may choose to add a little more vinegar or seasonings depending on your personal taste.


Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 162IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 32 1/8 cup servings
Calories: 57kcal
Author: Amanda Carlisle

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  1. 5 stars
    This is the best barbecue sauce that I have ever had! It is the perfect balance of smoky and sweet! 10/10

  2. 5 stars
    this turned out A LOT better than what i was expecting. i expected it to be great but this is just amazing. it should be illegal for something to taste so good!! if you like sweet bbq sauce, this is definitely the right choice. if you like bbq sauce that doesnt look watered down with something; a beautiful sauce robust in color? you have come to the right place. i hope you enjoy this as much as i have!
    TIP: the one ingredient i didnt already have in my kitchen was molasses so i decided to substitute it with a nice Japanese stirfry sauce. it complimented the taste marvelously.

  3. 5 stars
    The best BBQ sauce, I have been hunting for years for a recipe like my Mom’s. This is it. I followed the recipe exactly.
    Thank you so much!

  4. 5 stars
    Omg, this is the best barbecue sauce ever. I will never buy store barbecue sauce again. It has just the perfect amount of sweet and spicy that I have been looking for. Your a saint 👍

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