Traditional Homemade BBQ Sauce

Traditional Homemade BBQ Sauce

Nothing has changed my BBQ game like making homemade BBQ sauce.  We all know it's so much easier just to buy a bottle of Sweet Baby Rays at the grocery store... but that's not the point is it?  Give this a shot and we'd love to hear your feedback.


  • Dry Ingredients
    • 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
    • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
    • ½ teaspoon of fresh ground pepper
    • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (dial this up or down depending on how much heat your want)
  • Wet Ingredients
    • 1 cup of ketchup
    • ½ cup of apple cider vinegar
    • 1 cup of brown sugar
    • ¼ cup of yellow mustard
    • 1 tablespoon of worcester sauce
    • A half lemon
    • Bourbon to taste (optional)
  • Other
    • ¼ cup of onion
    • 2 cloves of garlic
    • ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil


Dry Ingredients  Dry Ingredients Mixed

Get your dry ingredients together and mix them into a bowl.


Dry Ingredients  Wet Ingredients Mixed

Get your wet ingredients ready and mix them into a separate bowl.  Stir until the everything you have a consistent mix without any clumps of brown sugar. 

 Onions, garlic and olive oil

Put the extra virgin olive oil into a pot and place the burner on medium heat.  Dice your onions and throw them into the pot and cook them for a few minutes until they're translucent.  Once translucent, crush the garlic cloves into the pot stirring for a few minutes to make sure it doesn't burn.

Then mix your dry ingredients into the pot and cook for another minute.  Then mix your wet ingredients in.  Bring to temperature and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the sauce is the consistency you like.  Keep in mind as the sauce cools, it will naturally become a little thicker.

Now enjoy!  Bring a mason jar full of this to your buddy's BBQ and they'll thank you. 

Traditional Homemade BBQ Sauce - Finished Product


You don't need any special gear to make this.