Bar-B-Que Sauce

I’m sure most people just buy their BBQ sauce, us included.

Every once in a while though it’s nice to make things yourself, especially if you can make it just the way everyone likes it, instead of two or three different bottles in the fridge, so everyone gets what they want.

This sauce is slightly sweet, slightly spicy, nice and thick and sticky. Everything that a perfect BBQ sauce should be.

It’s also extremely easy to make. Throw everything in a pot, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and cook for 30 minutes. That’s it. Let it cool and store in a jar in the fridge for up to a month.

My husband puts this on more than just burgers, chicken and steak. We’re talking sandwiches and crackers. The spicy heat dissipates quickly so it’s not too spicy which is perfect. But if you don’t like spicy you can always omit some or all of the cayenne powder.


2 cups ketchup

1/3 cup Apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup molasses

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 Tbsp. Onion powder

2 Tbsp. Mustard (not powdered)

1 Tbsp. Chili powder

1 tsp. Ground black pepper

1/2 tsp. Cayenne powder

5 to 6 dashes hot sauce

5 to 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small pot.
  2. Mix over medium high heat (8)until it starts to boil.
  3. Reduce heat and continue to cook over low heat (2.5 to 3) for 30 minutes, stirring often (don’t walk away from this and forget about it).
  4. Once cooked, pour into a glass container and allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. Store in the fridge for up to a month.

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