Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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My most fun recipes come from a time when we were scraping by as a family. I don’t know about you, but for me making something that people normally just pick up from the grocery store is really satisfying! And having all of the ingredients in my pantry to make almost anything makes it super convenient!

Once again, I looked up the ingredients of a popular bottled barbecue sauce (Kraft Original) and was surprised to see that the FIRST ingredient is HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP! What!? So, yeah, that’s really weird. We can do better, people! I promise!

The recipe is pretty simple, which does seem to be a theme for me! Just dump everything in the pot, simmer and then put it in jars for the fridge. Easy!

The base of my barbecue sauce is ketchup. Use a good quality one. I use organic. Just make sure the ingredients list is short and not full of processed junk and loaded with preservatives and I think you’ll be fine.

You can see in the picture above that I was messy. I gracefully dropped my camera into the pot whilst taking the picture… but I digress…

I normally use sucanat for this recipe but I’m out today so it’s brown sugar to the rescue! Let me link you to my post about sugars so you can see where I’m coming from on this.

Add the sugar, molasses, Worcestershire, minced onion, parsley and minced garlic. Stir and heat. Add to clean jars and top with a lid. This will last for a few weeks in your refrigerator.

This barbecue sauce has a sweet and tangy flavor and is a good base for you to add your own spices and flavors. Try honey as your sweetener or add cayenne to make a spicy barbecue sauce. The recipe is a great jumping off point for your creativity and it’s so great to have the option to make your own during the summer barbecue season!

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Sweet and Spicy, Tangy and Smoky… use this base to build your signature homemade barbecue sauce!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour


  • 2 Cups Organic Ketchup
  • 3/4 Cup Sucanat
  • 1/2 Cup Molasses
  • 1 Tbsp Parsley, dried
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp Onion, dried minced
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced


  • Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan
  • Mix well
  • Allow to come to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for approximately one hour stirring occasionally
  • Remove from heat and cool slightly
  • Add to jars and store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks

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