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Homemade BBQ Sauce

5 from 2 reviews

Delicious, easy, simple, tangy, family favorite, smoky, and sweet homemade bbq sauce. Uses ingredients already in your pantry.


  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup (consider making it from scratch)
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar**
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar**
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp spicy mustard
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder


  1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer, stirring often, for about 5-10 minutes. Whisk ingredients together to make the sauce smooth.


** The original recipe called for 1 cup of apple cider or red wine vinegar. I only had 2/3 cup of apple cider and was feeling stingy with the red wine vinegar, so I opted for the smooth, lighter taste of rice vinegar. Use what you have on hand, but I wouldn’t recommend using white. Feel free to adjust the ginger, garlic and chili powder to your liking!

Additional Recipe Options: The overall flavor of this sauce can be changed significantly with few, minor ingredient changes. Swap honey for brown sugar to get a sweeter flavor, or use molasses for a deeper taste. Use all spicy brown mustard, all yellow mustard or even double the quantity. Try fresh garlic and ginger instead of ground, or all apple cider vinegar instead of partly rice vinegar.