Simple BBQ Sauce

Whether you need to whip up some BBQ sauce quickly or just prefer making your own, try my simple yet sensational BBQ sauce recipe that will leave your taste buds tingling and your guests (or your kids) asking for more. Made with pantry staples and bursting with flavor, this homemade Simple BBQ Sauce is the perfect companion to grilled foods and is my go-to when the kids are asking for BBQ “dip-dip”.

Unlike store-bought varieties that are often packed with artificial ingredients and preservatives, my homemade BBQ Sauce allows you to control the quality and flavor of your dish. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make, requiring just a few basic ingredients and minimal prep time.

This recipe strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tangy flavors, thanks to a combination of ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and a hint of Worcestershire sauce.

Versatile and Customizable

One of the best things about this BBQ Sauce is its versatility. Whether you’re grilling up chicken, ribs, burgers, or vegetables, this sauce pairs perfectly with just about anything (my kids definitely agree). Feel free to customize the recipe to suit your taste preferences by adjusting the sweetness or adding additional spices like ground mustard powder, smoked paprika, or cayenne pepper.

With just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of your time, you can skip the grocery store and create a homemade BBQ sauce that tastes better than anything you can get in the store. Fire up the grill, gather your friends and family, and get ready to enjoy a delicious barbecue feast with this simple and flavorful sauce.

A small jar with BBQ sauce inside and a spoon scooping out BBQ Sauce.

Simple BBQ Sauce

Savory, smoky & sweet!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 3 cups
Calories 626 kcal


  • 1 ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt (add more to taste, if desired)
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (add more to taste, if desired)


  • Add all ingredients to a small to small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Stir occasionally to keep from burning.
  • Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently, for about 10 more minutes until the sauce thickens.


Calories: 626kcal | Carbohydrates: 161g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 2365mg | Potassium: 795mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 146g | Vitamin A: 1087IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword bbq, bbq sauce, bourbon, maple
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How To Store the Simple BBQ Sauce

Allow the sauce to cool and store it to a jar with a tight lid. A mason jar works great! I also like to repurpose spaghetti sauce jars to cut down on household waste.

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