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THE BEST BBQ SAUCE RECIPE

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A few days ago I shared my BBQ Rub Recipe here and today I am super excited to share my favorite BBQ Sauce Recipe!  This is truly the best BBQ Sauce Recipe you will ever find.  Homemade BBQ sauce is so much better than anything you can buy at the store, and once you make it yourself, you can never go back.  Keep reading to snag the full recipe.  

THE BEST BBQ SAUCE RECIPE

Last summer we went to Austin, TX and it completely ruined our ability to eat most BBQ.  We had some of the most delicious BBQ in the world and nothing in the midwest compares. Still the thing I missed most, was the delicious BBQ sauce.  And every since then I have been on a mission to create my own delicious homemade BBQ sauce recipe and I think I have finally nailed it! This sauce is sweet with the tiniest hint of spice.  It is the kind of addictively delicious sauce that you cover your meat in and then use a roll to mop up the rest off your plate. Yes.  It is that good. It is surprising how easy it is to make your own BBQ sauce and I honestly don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner.  Nothing at the store even compares with how yummy this is. So make a batch and enjoy just how delicious this really is.  But you may never go back to store bought sauce again.  Sorry. By the way, this sauce pairs absolutely perfectly with my dry BBQ Rub recipe.  Sprinkle some rub on your favorite meat, grill it up, and in the last few minutes on the grill, drizzle this BBQ sauce over it and let it carmelize just a bit. You will have the most delicious dinner ever! And don’t worry, I am going to be sharing my BBQ Chicken recipe with you soon too!  So stay tuned…it’s an absolutely delicious way to eat chicken! The thing I love most about making your own BBQ sauce is that you can modify and tweak it.  If you like a little more spice, add more Tabasco Sauce.  If you prefer it a bit sweeter, add a little more brown sugar.  If you want to up the acidity in it, add more vinegar. But I think this recipe is absolutely perfect just the way it is!  It is sweet and delicious and oh-so-perfect on absolutely any meat!  

HOW DO YOU MAKE EASY BBQ SAUCE?

To make your own BBQ sauce you need just a few ingredients like ketchup, mustard, vinegar, brown sugar, Tabasco sauce, Worchester sauce, liquid smoke and a few spices.  You warm it up on the stove to help the flavors meld together and then let it cool in the fridge. This homemade BBQ sauce recipe is not as thick as most BBQ sauces that you buy in the grocery store.  But it has so much flavor and reminds me of the BBQ sauce we had in Texas. This recipe has a secret ingredient though that I haven’t seen used in any BBQ recipe every before!  My sweet friend told me that she uses it in her BBQ sauce recipe and I couldn’t resist adding just a touch to mine too. I think it really helps deepen the flavors in this recipe and it gives it just a little something extra.  Are you ready to know what it is?  Ready? Cinnamon. Yup.  I have added just a touch of cinnamon to this recipe and it brings just an extra something special to the recipe.  So a big thank you to my dear sweet friend who told me her secret! The base of this recipe is ketchup because this is a Texas-style BBQ sauce recipe.  Carolina BBQ sauce has a vinegar and mustard base.  But I am a huge fan of Texas-style BBQ and this just fits the bill. The liquid smoke adds just a hint of smokiness to this recipe which makes it perfect to use, even if you are just grilling your meat. If you like something with a little more spice, feel free to add more Tabasco sauce to this recipe.  But my BBQ Rub has a pretty good kick to it, so I wanted to keep my BBQ sauce a bit sweeter. Are you ready for my recipe?  Ok, here you go! (Affiliate links included for your convenience.  When you make a purchase through a link on my blog, you never pay a penny more, but I receive a small commission that helps to support my blog.  Thank you.)  

BBQ SAUCE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Yellow Mustard
  • 4 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Worchester Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a pan on the stove over medium heat.
  2. Stir the mixture constantly while it heats up.
  3. There is no need for the mixture to boil, just let it heat up for a few minutes until you can tell it is hot.
  4. Let it cool.
  5. Place it in an air-tight container in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

I PERSONALLY LOVE THESE CONDIMENT CONTAINERS FOR STORING MY BBQ SAUCE IN.

  Snag the printable recipe below:

BBQ Sauce Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Ditch the store-bought bottle and try this homemade BBQ sauce recipe instead! It is sweet and tangy and inspired by the delicious flavors of Austin, TX BBQ.
Course: Dip
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ, BBQ Sauce, BBQ Sauce Recipe
AuthorAshley of Simply Designing
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Yellow Mustard
  • 4 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Worchester Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a pan on the stove over medium heat.
  2. Stir the mixture constantly while it heats up.
  3. There is no need for the mixture to boil, just let it heat up for a few minutes until you can tell it is hot.
  4. Let it cool.
  5. Place it in an air-tight container in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

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