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Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Making your own homemade barbecue sauce is easier than you may think. With a few minutes of your time, you can have a flavorful sauce perfect for any meal or occasion.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: sauce
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 291kcal
Author: NicoleDurham
Cost: Recipe $1.52



  • 2 cups ketchup ($0.80)
  • ½ cup water ($0.00)
  • ½ cup brown sugar ($0.19)
  • ½ cup diced onion ($0.35)
  • 2 tablespoon Worchestershire Sauce ($0.20)
  • 2 tablespoon vinegar ($0.08)
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice ($0.08)
  • 2 tablespoon mustard ($0.04)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper ($0.05)
  • ½ teaspoon salt ($0.05)


  • Add all of the ingredients to a medium-sized pot over medium heat.
  • Whisk together until boiling and then reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Allow the sauce to simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and let cool. Use as desired.


Recipe Tips

  • Every batch will make enough for multiple uses or layers of sauce if you like to apply it thickly. Keep in mind that at the beginning of the cooking process it will smell more like tomatoes thanks to the ketchup and as it cooks the tomato flavor and smell will become toned down and lend together better with everything that we have going on.
  • Adding in ¼-1/2 teaspoon of liquid smoke can really take the flavors up a notch.
  • If you want the ketchup BBQ sauce to be blended smooth simply take it and add it to a food processor in batches to puree until smooth. This is optional and not necessary.


  • This sauce can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 71.3g | Protein: 0.3g | Sodium: 1568.5mg | Potassium: 150.9mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 60.6g | Vitamin A: 240.5IU | Vitamin C: 15.1mg | Calcium: 39.7mg | Iron: 0.7mg