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Homemade BBQ Sauce


If there is another condiment you can save money on and cut back on the processed ingredients, it’s barbeque sauce. Again, it’s simple, easy and adaptable to your taste. Sure we all have our favorites from the grocery, or local barbeque joint, but I think this recipe will surprise you!

Here are a few recipes when you can substitute homemade to cut out processed ingredients:

Homemade BBQ Sauce


Kelly @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 2 cups tomato sauce or ketchup, preferably organic
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 5 Tablespoon sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon ground black pepper
  • ½ Tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ Tablespoon ground mustard
  • ½ Tablespoon garlic, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


1) In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients.

2) Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.

3) Cook uncovered for an hour and 15 minutes.

4) Place in a container and store until ready to use.

Freezing Directions:

After cooking, let cool and place in freezer ready containers or a plastic bag, let the air out, and freeze until ready. To serve, simply re-heat on the stovetop for use with your favorite BBQ dishes or as a dip.

Servings: 4 Cups

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15 Responses to “Homemade BBQ Sauce”

  1. Nicole says:

    With the amount of tomatoes and vinegar, do you think this recipe could be safely canned?

    • Kelly says:

      My instincts would say yes. And after a peek at my Ball Blue Book It would be just fine in a boiling water bath. Just remember to keep the sauce warm when you place it in your warm jars. Follow the boiling time for your altitude. Let me know how it goes!

  2. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Kelly,
    This looks like a great Sauce. The BBQ Season is upon us and your sauce will sure be a great one to try. Thank you for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

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  4. Katherine says:

    Thanks for posting! I have always wondered if I could make my own BBQ sauce. Today in the grocery store, I put back the store bought stuff on the shelf and decided I could do it at home! It’s cooking now and my “taste tests” are pretty good!

    • Kelly says:

      Good for you Katherine! Definitely let me know what the final results are! I made a batch yesterday for our bbq tonight!

      • Katherine says:

        It’s quite delish! I added some spices to give it an extra kick! My husband gave final approval! Guess I won’t be buying it anymore :-)

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