The BEST Homemade BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce is made with simple ingredients you have in your kitchen and comes together in minutes. It is zesty, robust and a bit sweet and is perfect to finish off grilled meats and pulled pork.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

What You Need to Make the Best BBQ Sauce

Making your own Homemade BBQ Sauce couldn’t be easier! You need small sauce pan (this recipe makes about 3 cups of sauce), some whisks to blend the ingredients and some measuring cups and spoons.

For ingredients all it takes is tomato sauce,ketchup, brown sugar, cider vinegar, liquid smoke and spices/seasonings.

Making Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce

This bbq sauce will cook on your stove top. You will need to just add all of the ingredients to your saucepan, whisk them together and let it heat. Adjust the seasonings to your liking.

Tomato sauce, brown sugar and ketchup to make bbq sauce
Ingredients in a saucepan for homemade bbq sauce
Bbq sauce mixed together with a wire whisk

This BBQ sauce will not disappoint and is the result of many different tries, and fails. It is perfect for Pulled Pork, Ribs, or anything you need a good BBQ sauce for!

Homemade bbq sauce being poured on pulled pork

The flavors are the perfect blend of sweet and tangy! I know you will love it and it will become your go to BBQ sauce!

Hope you enjoy!

Try my easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, Pulled Pork on the smoker, Baby Back Ribs,or Farmer Style Country Ribs in the slow cooker.

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The BEST Homemade BBQ Sauce

This BBQ sauce has the perfect balance between tangy and sweet and is perfect for Pulled Pork, ribs or anything else that requires BBQ Sauce!
Makes about 3 cups
3.50 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3 Cups


  • 15 oz. tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cider vingar
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke usually found by the BBQ sauces at your grocery store
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste (optional)


  • Mix all of the ingredients over medium heat, in a saucepan. Whisk/stir until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat to med-low, and let simmer for an additional 8-10 minutes so flavors can develop.
    The flavors develop further if left overnight in the fridge, but it is delicious served right away!
    The sauce can be stored for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
    We love this BBQ sauce on ribs, or pulled pork!


For the perfect BBQ meal, try my Pulled Pork, with this BBQ Sauce and make my Fast and Easy Coleslaw for a side.

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


  1. 5 stars
    Best BBQ sauce ever!

    • Beth, The Butcher's Wife

      Thank you Christie for trying the recipe and taking the time to comment!!! I appreciate it so much! I am so glad to hear you liked the BBQ Sauce!❤️😘

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