Homemade Barbecue Sauce


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Homemade Barbecue Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

To quote, Deb, “This is a tangy, subtly spicy, delicious mutt of a barbecue sauce.” I wanted to come up with my own original description, but really? How do I come close to the awesomeness that is summed up in that description?

This is a delicious barbecue sauce. It is a total hodgepodge of flavors from all over the world combined into one unique sauce. My husband loved this sauce as soon as he tasted it while it was still simmering on the stove.

I was actually searching for a spicier BBQ sauce, something close to our beloved Rudy’s sauce, however this recipe was recommended so highly and turned out so different from anything I’ve tried before, it is a keeper.

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I now have two extra jars of it in the freezer, for the next time I am in need of great barbecue sauce.

You can also make ketchup at home quite easily.

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Homemade Barbecue Sauce


  • 1 large onion about 1 ½ cups finely minced
  • 3 garlic cloves about 1 tablespoon minced
  • 1/2 cup light flavored olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato paste 10 ounces
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder I used NM red chili
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • In a large pot over low heat, saute the onions and garlic with the oil for about 15 minutes. Cook them just until the onions are translucent, not browned. Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil while stirring. Reduce heat to a simmer and then simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  • Use immediately or let cool and then store in refrigerator or freezer.
  • This recipe makes 6 cups and the leftovers freeze well.
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Jenn says

    Well you know my love for sauces, so you must know that I love making my own BBQ sauce. I love that you can control what goes in it. You can make them tangier, you can make them spicier – the possibilities are endless!!

  2. Joanne says

    I've become increasingly convinced that homemade bbq sauce is always the way to go! You just can't beat that tangy sweet salty flavor as a marinade!

  3. Katie @ This Chick Cooks says

    It sounds yummy! I made a homemade bbq sauce this weekend and it seems whenever I make it, my husband says there is something missing that makes it different from the bottled versions. I'll have to give this one a shot next time 🙂

  4. Monet says

    Oh adore! Living in Austin, Texas, we get our fair share of good bbq, but I'd love to make my own sauce! Thank you for sharing…and for making me smile on this long Monday afternoon. I hope you are having a lovely spring day!

  5. Amrita says

    You know, this post is coming at very good time. For a long time now I've been researching recipes for BBQ sauce and have actually come up with a list of prospective ingredients…I keep editing the list, adding to it than talking off. And thank you! I have one more recipe to peruse now!

    P.S.: If not home-made, I've been a great fan of bbq sauces with JD in them!

  6. Chris says

    Ewwww, I hate BBQ! ha ha ha ha, yeah, right.

    I'll have to give it a try. Did you just use it as a finishing sauce or did you cook it onto meats on the grill? Doesn't seem to have too much sugar so wouldn't burn too bad if applied at the end.

  7. Kirby says

    I love experimenting when it comes on my sauce, but I can’t deny your sauce looks tasty and want to try it with any of my menu for my family. Just wondering if you have any suggestion of very hot sauce?

  8. Anonymous says

    This sounds great but I have one question. What is hoisin sauce and where do I find it? We have foodland, piggly wiggly and wal mart grocery stores near me.

    • Anonymous says

      I did a search on dogpile.com and this is what it said: Hoisin sauce is a sauce and glaze used in Chinese cooking. If you can't find it here is a recipe that you can make it with:Homemade Hoisin Sauce

      4 tablespoons soy sauce
      2 tablespoons black bean paste or peanut butter
      1 tablespoon honey or molasses
      2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
      1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
      2 teaspoons sesame oil
      20 drops hot sauce
      1/8 teaspoon black pepper

      Combine all ingredients together.



      It also says most stores carry it including Wal-Mart.

  9. Mike in KY says

    This is one of my favorite barbecue sauce recipes. One of the reasons I like it so much it is doesn't use any ketchup. Too many times I'll make a sauce with ketchup in the recipe and it ends up tasting like spicy ketchup instead of barbecue sauce.

    Haven't tried it on a chopped pork, yet, but it's amazing on grilled chicken.

  10. Marge Giberson says

    Ok. What is Houston sauce.Never used it.ok. What does it add to BBQ sauce. This is for our 50 th anniversary ,drop in party. For about ,60 people,roughly. Any advice would be WONDERFUL! Help! Lol.lol. And ,just live Barefoot Contessa, so,I will you I’m sure.lol.thank you.