How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce

How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce – In my opinion, BBQ just isn’t the same if you don’t have a great BBQ sauce to compliment the meat you slow cooked.  And making a Homemade BBQ Sauce is something everyone should try.  It’s easy, it’s fun, and you might just discover you can whip up a batch of homemade bbq sauce that rivals your favorite store brand!

As you’ll see by looking around this website, we’ve collected tons of great BBQ Sauce Recipes you can try.  Homemade BBQ sauce recipes are actually very simple and quick to make, so there’s no need to be scared of trying to make it even if you are a novice cook.  Just a few simple ingredients and your off to making your very first batch of homemade BBQ sauce.

Just to get you started with a simple recipe, give this one a try!

2 Tbs. vegetable oil1 onion, finely chopped3 garlic cloves, minced1½ cups ketchup½ cup cider vinegar¼ cup Worcestershire sauce⅓ cup sugar1 Tbs. chili powder½ tsp. cayenne pepper (or more if you like it hot!)

Prepare all the ingredients so chop the onions and mince the garlic.Heat up the oil on medium heat in a saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, gently stirring.Add the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, chili powder and cayenne (use more cayenne if you like it hotter).Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 20 to 30 minutes.Makes around 2½ cups.

As you can see, making your own homemade BBQ sauce just isn’t that complicated!  Check out our section called “The Basics” for a description of the 4 basic types of BBQ sauces that we have in the U.S.  I will say there is a 5th type called Alabama White BBQ Sauce which is a Mayonnaise based sauce which is still fairly unknown.  For more information on the history of this type of BBQ check out our section on White BBQ Sauces.

Another advantage of making your own homemade barbecue sauce is freshness and no preservatives.  So, for the health conscious and organic fans, making your own homemade bbq sauce is a great way to go!

So, dig in, find a recipe you want to try, or heck find two or three and get cookin!  You’ll soon discover that you too can make great homemade BBQ sauce and enjoy experimenting with different recipes that you won’t be able to find at your local grocery store.

Honey Habanero BBQ Sauce Recipe

Honey Habanero BBQ Sauce Recipe – Like a few of the other recipes, I also have this recipe for Honey Habanero BBQ Sauce listed in the Hot & Spicy section of this website.  I include it here as well since it has honey in the recipe and I wanted to make sure all of the “honey” BBQ Sauces Recipes were listed together for easy browsing.

As usual, I like sweet BBQ sauces and with the honey, this Honey Habanero BBQ Sauce is a winner!  If Habaneros are a bit too hot for you, you can always cut back on the amount or even substitue a Jalepeno or something less hot.  However, habanero like any hot pepper has it’s own unique type of hot flavor so give it a try before you think habaneros are too hot for you.Honey Habanero BBQ Sauce Recipe:Ingredients:

6 fresh habanero peppers

5 cloves fresh garlic

7 shallots

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup honey (I use a local farmer – fresh unrefined honey is the

way to go)

1/2 cup teriyaki sauce

1/2 cup any brand regular bbq sauce

4 tablespoons horseradish

2 tablespoons worchestershire sauce

2 tablespoons yellow mustard

2 teaspoons liquid smokeDirections:Remove all seeds, stems, and ribs from habanero (scotch bonnet) peppers. Finely dice cleaned peppers, garlic, and shallots, and sauté in olive oil until garlic and onions begin to carmelize. Once the garlic and onions begin to turn golden brown, add honey, teriyaki, bbq sauce, horseradish, mustard, and liquid smoke. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Use as you would any bbq sauce, and know that even without the ribs and seeds, this is a VERY spicy bbq sauce.

Grape Jelly BBQ Sauce Recipe

Grape Jelly BBQ Sauce Recipe -Okay, this is a unique one!  A Grape Jelly BBQ Sauce recipe.  Yep, your heard it right.  And no, this won’t turn into a peanut butter and jelly BBQ sandwich.  I don’t think that’s a combo anyone could stomach.

Now after searching the web high and low, I’ve found several recipes for making a grape jelly bbq sauce, from easy (or maybe even cheating) to a more typical from scratch bype recipe.  I even found a recipe for meatballs with grape jelly and BBQ sauce which sounds pretty darn good!

This first recipe has no measurements, so this one is for the expert BBQ sauce cook to figure out the right proportions.  The next recipe below has all the proper measurements for the ingredients.


  • Grape jelly
  • White vinegar
  • Ketchup
  • Brown sugar
  • Topatilla hot sauce
  • White wine

Yellow mustardDirections: Combine all ingredients, then simmer for about 20 minutes.  Add lemom juice to enhance at the end.Ingredients:

  • 2 (6 Ounce) Cans Tomato Sauce
  • 1 (6 Ounce) Can Tomato Paste
  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup Karo Syrup
  • 4 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 Lemons (Squeezed)
  • 6 Tablespoons Liquid Smoke
  • 8 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Marjoram Power
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cumin Power
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/2 Cup Cooking Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Cup Wine (Cooking or other is fine)
  • 4 Tablespoons Grape Jelly
  • 4 Tablespoons Woody’s Cooking Sauce


  1. In a medium sauce pan, add water, cooking oil, liquid smoke, worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and Karo syrup.
  2. Bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and add all the other ingredients.
  3. Again return to a simmer, cook for at least 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Only 2 ingredientsIngredients:
  5. 1 16 ounce bottle of Kraft BBQ Sauce
  6. 8 oz (half a 16 oz jar) grape jellyDirections:  In a saucepan, first heat the bottle of Kraft BBQ sauce.  Then add about 1/2 to 1/3 of the grape jelly and stir until it is completely smooth.  You might want to start with a 1/4 of the jelly and add based on taste so it’s the right sweetness you want and thickness.

Recipe for the Meatballs:


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup onion minced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup Crisco vegetable shortening, to brown meatballs

For the sauce, use any of the above recipes for the grape jelly bbq sauce. Another very simple but very different tasting sauce for the meatballs is:

  • 1 12oz bottle of chili sauce
  • 1 10oz jar of grape jellyMeatball Directions:
  • Combine the first 9 ingredients, mixing well.
  • Shape into 1 inch meatballs.
  • Cook the meatballs in an electric skillet in hot shortening over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until browned.
  • Cool meatballs by draining on paper towels. Discard grease.
  • (For the Sauce) Combine chili sauce and grape jelly in a medium saucepan (or same electric skillet); stir well until jelly is melted.
  • Add meatballs and simmer UNCOVERED on low for 30 minutes (to thicken the sauce), stirring occasionally.
  • Serve hot meatballs with toothpicks out of the skillet or a crockpot or chafing dish set on low to keep warm.

BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

Ever had BBQ chicken pizza? Maybe an even better question is have you ever had BBQ Pizza?  I’d never thought of doing pizza on the grill at home.  But, just a few weeks ago I was at a friend’s house and they have a great vegetarian pizza they have been cooking for years.  This time, they mentioned they had done it on the grill and I said what the heck, I’d like to try it!  Sometimes I forget, if you can cook something in the oven, you can always also cook it on the grill.  I just takes a little extra prep or careful monitoring.  And, of course, it was great!

I think the secret is still to have a pizza stone that’s well heated up so you get that nice crispy crust.  So, before putting the dough on the pizza stone, just like you do when using one in the oven, heat the stone first.  Use a little cornmeal on the stone before you put the dough and stretch it on the pizza stone.  Then sauce and make your pizza.  Takes only 7-8 minutes on a really good and hot grill, just like in an oven.

Now, how do you cook a good BBQ Chicken Pizza on the grill?  It’s not that hard, but you have to do a few things differently than you would with most grilling recipes.  For example, you’re not going to be able to cook meat directly on your pizza.  You can, however, cook it on the grill and then add it to the pizza during the final cooking stage.The recipe here is for a very basic pizza: bread, cheese, and sauce. That may be enough for some of you. How you spice it up yourself is up to you!BBQ Chicken Pizza RecipeIngredients for the BBQ Chicken Pieces:

10 oz boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 3/4 inch pieces or cubes

1 Tbs olive oil

2 tablespoons of your favorite BBQ SauceIngredients for the Pizza:

1 recipe for the Dough (I like to buy it fresh from the market, already made and ready to use)

Cornmeal, semolina, or flour for handling

1/2 cup favorite BBQ sauce (a spicy−sweet sauce works best for BBQ Chicken)

2 Tbs. shredded smoked Gouda cheese

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 small red onion, sliced into 1/8 inch pieces

2 Tbs. chopped fresh chopped fresh cilantro


To make BBQ Chicken:

1. In a large frying pan, cook the chicken in olive oil over medium−high heat until just cooked, 5-6 minutes. Do not overcook.  Or, if you want to do it all on the grill, you can cook the chicken on a griddle plate on the grill.

2. Coat the chicken with BBQ sauce; the set aside.

To make pizza:

1. Place the pizza stone in the center of the grill and preheat to 500 degrees F. before cooking pizzas.

2. Use a large spoon to spread BBQ sauce evenly over the surface of the prepared dough within the rim.

3. Sprinkle smoked gouda cheese over the sauce.

4. Cover with 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella.

5. Distribute the chicken pieces evenly over the cheese.

6. Place the pieces of red onion over the surface.

7. Sprinkle an additional 1/4 cup mozzarella over the top of the pizza.

8. Transfer the pizza to the grill; bake until the crust is crisp and golden and the cheese at the center is bubbly, 8 to 10 minutes.

9. When the pizza is cooked, carefully remove it from the grill; sprinkle 1 Tbs. cilantro over the hot surface.

10. Slice and serve.