Homemade BBQ Sauce

BBQ Sauce Measure & Pinch

Why not?  Its simple and it goes a long way.   Also, don't you love a recipe that gets you using your measuring spoons and cups?   Come on, get them out!  Chances are, you have all of the ingredients in  your pantry already.  Well, ok.  Go buy some molasses...then get started.

This recipe is a mix-up of many that I've tried each summer since owning a grill (only about 7 years) eventually resulting in this sweet, savory, all-purpose BBQ sauce.  I like to make a big batch and keep in the fridge for burgers, ribs and of course, chicken.  Sometimes when a guest is especially happy with their dinner, I'll give them the spare jar of sauce that's always sitting in my fridge.  No worries, I have a stockpile of these Ball mason jars.  They're just so nostalgic and cute.  I cant resist buying them.  Some girls love shoes, I love glass food containers.

Your ingredients here:

These guys all get together for a BBQ

These guys all get together for a BBQ

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 cups Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 4 garlic gloves, minced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Whisk all of the ingredients in a medium sauce pan and let simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. The longer it simmers, the better it is.  Let it cool completely before you transfer to a food storage container.  I usually just let it sit on the stove in the pan.

(TIP:  before measuring the molasses, spray your measuring cup with non-stick spray. This way it wont live up to its name when you  p  o u r  it  o  u t...)

Like most BBQ sauces,  brush your homemade BBQ sauce on meat toward the middle to end of your cooking time.  If you brush it on before grilling, it will burn before your meat is cooked.  For chicken parts, cook low & slow and brush the sauce while cooking.

Do you make your own BBQ sauce, or do you prefer a particular brand of bottled sauce?

Best BBQ wishes,

xo & a pinch,


BBQ Chicken

BBQ Chicken