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.

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.

Great BBQ Sauce Recipes

Great BBQ Sauce Recipes – If you are looking for great Bar BQ, BBQ, Barbecue recipes or however you like to spell BBQ, then you’ve found the right place!  This website is dedicated to the fun of making your own Bar BQ sauce.  We’ve got everything from hot and spicy to sweet and fruity.  Regional styles of Bar BQ Sauce that range from vinegar and mustard style BBQ sauces to the more common Kansas City style sauces.

So, to get you started, here’s a simple, really easy recipe to try.

Bar BQ Sauce Recipe #1 (If you don’t have these ingredients at home, you ain’t cookin nothin!):


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


In a medium or small saucepan over medium heat, stir together the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, hot pepper sauce, garlic powder, mustard
powder, and salt.

Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before using on your favorite meat.

Since everyone seems to love a good Honey Bar BQ Sauce, then here’s a second easy homemade sauce recipe for you to try out.  After this one, give one of our
hundreds of other recipes a try, tell us about your favorite recipe and we’ll publish it right here and give you the credit!


  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


Melt the butter in small saucepan over medium heat.

Then add the onion and saute for about 5 minutes or until tender.

Stir in the ketchup and the remaining ingredients.

Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes.