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Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes

Here is a couple of easy to make homemade BBQ sauce recipes. They’re both very much tomato-based and very easy to make.

There are plenty more of various types if you have a look on this page.


As a final note on making the homemade BBQ sauce, it’s worth remembering that they keep well. Pour the sauce into a sterilized jar, seal and they will keep for a month or so in a cool dark place, or you could even freeze it.

To sterilize a jar, either fill it with boiling water or just run it through the dishwasher, then put it in a cool oven for a few minutes.

BBQ Sauce Recipe #1

This is a really basic one, so tweak it if you want with cider vinegar or lemon juice, swap the brown sugar for honey or maple syrup, add mustard or a pinch of chili – or whatever you else want.

This should make just enough for four people. So double, triple, quadruple, etc, as you require.


  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 small finely chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup tomato ketchup


Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for a few minutes until soft. Add everything else and cook on a lowish heat for a 15 minutes or so, stirring it a bit. Serve hot or room temperature, or brush onto ribs etc before and/or during grilling or smoking.

BBQ Sauce Recipe #2

This sauce recipe is similar to sauces from the West of North Carolina – a.k.a the famous “Lexington dip”.

It’s fairly thin and liquid – and completely unlike Kansas City BBQ sauce which is so viscous it doesn’t really pour without the assistance of a spoon – but this one still has a strong tomato base and a wide range of other flavors.

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp brown or molasses sugar
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp tabasco
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt


Heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and ginger. Saute until the onion is translucent.

Stir in everything else.

Reduce heat to a low simmer and continue cooking for 25 minutes.

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