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Homemade BBQ Sauce: A Delicious and Simple Recipe

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Homemade BBQ Sauce

Are you looking for a delicious homemade BBQ sauce to take your grilling to the next level? Look no further! In this article, we’ll share a traditional BBQ sauce recipe that is sweet, tangy, and incredibly flavorful. Made with just five simple ingredients, this sauce is perfect for smothering onto pork ribs, chicken pieces, and brisket. It’s quick to prepare, taking only about 30 minutes from start to finish. But don’t limit yourself to just grilled or smoked meats – this versatile sauce also pairs well with chicken wings, onion rings, French fries, and even meatloaf!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

This recipe comes from my older brother, Joel, who has perfected it over the years. In fact, it keeps getting better every time he makes it. My great nephew, Parker, affectionately calls it “Uncle Joel’s Famous BBQ Sauce!” Once you try it, you’ll understand why.

Now, let’s dive into the details and learn how to make this mouthwatering homemade BBQ sauce.

Homemade BBQ Sauce with Ketchup

When it comes to BBQ sauce, there are numerous variations out there, each with its own unique flavor profile. Whether you prefer North Carolina style, Kansas City style, or something in between, it all comes down to personal taste. However, we believe that our recipe, with its ketchup base, brown sugar, and secret blend of spices, is sure to impress even the most discerning BBQ connoisseurs.

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BBQ Sauce Ingredients

Making this homemade BBQ sauce is a breeze. Simply mix all the ingredients in a pan and simmer for several minutes until the flavors meld together. The result is a rich, caramelized sauce with a perfect balance of spice and sweetness. Trust us, it will take your grilled or smoked meats to new heights of deliciousness.

How to Make BBQ Sauce from Scratch

Making your own BBQ sauce from scratch is a rewarding experience. Gather all the ingredients – Heinz Ketchup, light brown sugar, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, black pepper, and granulated garlic – and combine them in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly and bring the mixture to a low boil. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. You’ll notice the sauce transforming into a darker, more flavorful concoction. Towards the end, feel free to adjust the seasonings to suit your taste.

Cooking Heinz BBQ Sauce - Stage 1
Best BBQ Sauce - Stage 2
Joel Mackey testing his Famous BBQ Sauce

For those who prefer a touch of caramelization, consider adding more brown sugar to the sauce before grilling or smoking your meat.

How to Store Barbecue Sauce

If you’ve made a large batch of this delectable BBQ sauce ahead of time, you can store it in quart-sized mason jars or any airtight container. Let it cool completely, then seal it tightly with a lid. Store the homemade BBQ sauce in the refrigerator, where it will stay fresh for several months.

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe Variations

While our original recipe is already a winner, feel free to experiment and customize it to your liking. Here are some variations you can try:

  • Add onion powder or garlic powder for an extra kick of flavor.
  • Sprinkle in smoked paprika to enhance the smoky notes.
  • Incorporate maple syrup for a hint of sweetness.
  • Spice things up with cayenne pepper or your favorite hot sauce, like Sriracha.
  • For a tangy twist, try adding apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar.
  • Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke can also contribute a depth of flavor.
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Joel's Smoker BBQ Sauce along with smoked ribs
Smoker BBQ Sauce Ribs wrapped in foil
Super Tender Smoked Ribs with Sweet BBQ Sauce
Joel Mackey and Randy Ronning making Homemade BBQ Ribs on a smoker grill

What to Make with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Our homemade BBQ sauce is incredibly versatile and pairs well with a variety of dishes. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Smoked BBQ chicken thighs
  • BBQ ribs
  • Barbecue chicken legs
  • New Orleans BBQ shrimp
  • Barbecue smoked chicken kabobs

Grilled Smoked Barbecue Chicken Kabobs

Homemade BBQ Sauce – FAQ

To help you make the most of this recipe, here are some frequently asked questions:

Homemade Heinz BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

Now that you have all the information, it’s time to get cooking! Find the full recipe and nutritional information below:

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