5-Minute BBQ Sauce
Don’t have BBQ sauce in your fridge or pantry? No problem – you can make it at home in about 5 minutes! The best part? This recipe is completely customizable.
Every resourceful cook has to have a few basic sauce recipes up his or her sleeve. At the top of that list is homemade BBQ sauce.
Homemade barbecue sauce is one of the easiest sauces to make.
You start out with a base of ketchup, and add sweetener, vinegar, and various spices – and voila!
An incredibly tasty, versatile sauce that can be used on chicken, ribs, sandwiches, and in countless other recipes.
Got 5 Minutes? Make Your Own BBQ Sauce And Move On With Life!
Five minutes is *much* faster than the time it would take you to go to the grocery store and buy a bottle of barbecue sauce.
To make, you just throw everything into a saucepan and cook it for a few minutes, until the flavors meld and the sugar dissolves. Easy as pie.
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What Ingredients Do I Need To Make Homemade BBQ Sauce?
Homemade BBQ sauce is made from these pantry staples:
- Brown sugar
- Vinegar (red wine vinegar is recommended)
- Worcestershire sauce
- Soy sauce
- Various spices
- Liquid smoke (optional, for a smokier BBQ sauce)
Keep in mind that the ingredients are somewhat customizable. Don’t have honey? Leave it out or substitute a bit more brown sugar. Don’t have soy sauce? This sauce will taste good without.
Taste as you go – and make adjustments as necessary.
Customizing Your Homemade BBQ Sauce
This is a basic recipe for BBQ sauce: Plenty sweet and a little zesty. Feel free to customize it to your liking:
- Want a spicier sauce? Add some cayenne pepper or sriracha sauce
- Want a less sweet sauce? Add less brown sugar than what I’ve listed below
- Want a boozy BBQ sauce? Add some bourbon or whiskey
With this homemade BBQ sauce, you probably have most or all of the ingredients on hand in your fridge or pantry.
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- 2 cups ketchup
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder (or shallot salt)
- 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
- Plenty of cracked black pepper
- Liquid smoke (I didn't use this, but if you have it on hand, add a teaspoon or two for that smoky flavor)
- Pour all ingredients into a heavy bottomed saucepan. Cook for 5 minutes or so on medium-high heat, to allow flavors to meld and sugar to dissolve.
- Serve warm or cold.
- Store in fridge, sealed, for up to 2 weeks.