Basic Barbeque Sauce Recipe {The Best!}

Now that we have a little taste of warm weather, I am firing up the grill. What am I making? Anything with barbeque sauce, specifically with this delicious and easy Basic Barbecue Sauce Recipe. 

basic bbq sauce recipe

Basic Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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I love homemade barbeque sauce. It’s so simple to make, y’all.  You probably have the ingredients right in your kitchen.

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I like a pool of sauce to dip my chicken into. What can I say…I’m saucy. 😉


What is the base for barbecue sauce?

  • Usually, barbecue sauce has a combination of some type of vinegar and a tomato sauce – usually ketchup, then spices, other liquids, and sometimes sugars are added in for flavor

What can I use instead of brown sugar in barbecue sauce?

  • In place of brown sugar, honey and syrup can be substituted in barbecue sauce

How long will Homemade Barbecue Sauce Last?

  • Up to two weeks. Vinegar is a natural preservative that helps prolong the life of barbecue sauce. You should keep your sauce covered and stored in the refrigerator

Are you ready to make this BBQ Sauce Recipe? Let’s make sure that you have everything you need…


  • 1&1/2 cups of ketchup
  • 1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar – dark is fine, too
  • 3 Tblsp. Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 3 Tblsp. of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1&1/2 tsp. of paprika – I used Spanish, it has a little smoke flavor, but you can use regular paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of mustard powder
  • 3/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/2 cup of water
basic bbq sauce recipe

One Pot Basic Barbeque Sauce

A delicious basic barbeque sauce that is perfect for grilled meats
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 239cal
Author: Melissa
Cost: $5


  • 1&1/2 cups ketchup
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed – you can also use dark
  • 3 tbsp. Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1&1/2 tsp. paprika – I used Spanish. It has a little smoke flavor, but you can use regular paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. mustard powder
  • ¾ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. celery seed
  • ½ cup water


  • Using a large saucepan, add everything into the pan
  • Set the heat to med/high and get it boiling while stirring
  • Lower the heat, and simmer until it thickens up a bit
  • That’s it! Let it cool off a bit before you baste your meat


When stored properly – covered and refrigerated – your sauce should last up to 2 weeks
nutrition facts are only an estimate 


Calories: 239cal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 1576mg | Potassium: 622mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 2523IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg

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