A homemade BBQ sauce recipe with ketchup and brown sugar that's not only delicious, it's also easy to make. You'll never go back to store-bought BBQ sauce after you have tried this homemade BBQ sauce!
We go through so much BBQ sauce in our house it's crazy. My kids eat it with pretty much everything, especially my son. If he can dip it in sauce, he will. This includes everything from chicken to potatoes.
We use this homemade barbeque sauce for dipping fries, chicken, and other finger foods. We also use it for ribs, hamburgers, pork, and to make BBQ chicken. We typically even put some extra BBQ sauce on the side, so we can have extra BBQ sauce to dip the food in.
The one thing we have not tried it on was chicken cooked in the air fryer. So if you do, please let me know how it goes!
This BBQ sauce recipe is a huge it at our 4th of July and holiday gatherings. We always have a cookout with tons of delicious food and drinks that we have with friends and family and then we watch the fireworks that night.
We also use this ketchup-based BBQ sauce for our Labor Day get-togethers and weekly barbecues that we have.
Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe with Ketchup and Brown Sugar
If you're looking for a homemade BBQ sauce recipe, it doesn't get much easier than this. Made with common ingredients and spices you most likely already have at home, this comes together super quick.
BBQ Sauce Ingredients
You will need:
- 2 cups ketchup
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
- 3 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Here is the easy part of putting it all together.
Now, before we go further, my daughter and I have had a bit of a debate about how to mix the sauce properly. She has her way and I have my easier way.
I'll list both below, even though the only difference is the order of how you mix the ingredients!
How to Combine Ingredients: 2 Ways
Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix it until everything is all nice and stirred up.
The preferred way:
First, mix the ketchup and the brown sugar together. Make sure it's stirred well so that everything is combined.
Next, add the mustard powder and paprika and stir until it's all combined. The last part would be to add the Worchestershire sauce, stir, then add the vinegar. Add any salt or pepper to fit your taste.
If you happen to try it both ways, please let me know if you like it better one way or another. It's something I really need to know!
What To Use BBQ Sauce for:
- BBQ sauce for ribs
- BBQ Chicken (or as a dipping sauce for chicken)
- Holiday appetizers
- As a dip for meat, chicken, or fries
- For BBQ pizzas
- Turkey (my son loves dipping any meat, even turkey, in BBQ sauce)
- As a meatloaf glaze
- Grilled Foods
- Tailgating recipes (don't forget the tailgating dips!)
- I have known some to use this BBQ in sweet potato recipes (not sure how I would feel about BBQ and sweet potatoes though)
When to add BBQW sauce while grilling?
As a tip for grilling, wait to put on any BBQ sauce on your meat until you have about 10 minutes of cooking left. This will allow the BBQ to glaze over the meat well without having the sugar burn or not soak up the BBQ flavor.
Using Homemade BBQ Sauce In A Smoker
If you are using it in a smoker, since the smoker slow cooks the meat, putting the sauce on early is OK since it won't burn the sauce.
With this simple barbeque sauce recipe, you can taste and adjust to your personal preferences which is great for picky eaters or those who like their BBQ with a certain zing to it.
How to store homemade grilling sauce?
Store the sauce in a mason jar in the fridge for up to 2 months. You can also use these fun BBQ sauce bottles.
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Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce with Ketchup & Brown Sugar
- 2 c ketchup
- ⅓ c brown sugar
- ⅓ c apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
- 3 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix it until everything is all nice and stirred up.
- Store the sauce in a mason jar in the fridge for up to 2 months.