Homemade BBQ Sauce is a must-have for grilling and your favorite pulled pork sandwiches. This is a rich and hearty Memphis style sauce that is sweet and tangy, perfect for coating chicken, pork and beef. Of course it is also the perfect dipping sauce!
BBQ sauce could be it's own food group around our house. So much so that we even owned our own barbecue sauce company back before the days of blogging! This sweet and tangy sauce just might be my all time favorite bbq sauce!
How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce:
- Add 2 cans of beer (we used Bud Light) or ginger ale to a large sauce pan.
- Whisk in ketchup, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, molasses, and spices.
- Cook over medium heat and bring mixture to a boil. Cook at a low boil for about 30 minutes, whisking often.
- Lower heat to a simmer and cook another 30 minutes, whisking often.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Store homemade bbq sauce in mason jars in refrigerator up to 3 months.
We made our bbq sauce with a ketchup and beer base. If you don't have beer on hand, ginger ale or club soda is a great substitute.
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Spices for Homemade BBQ Sauce:
- Granulated Garlic
- dried onion flakes
- smoked paprika
- black pepper
- dry mustard
- kosher salt
- red chili flakes (optional
When we made large batches of barbecue sauce for our business, I learned to mix the spices together before adding them to the liquid mixture. This will keep the spices from clumping and help the mixture blend evenly.
Use a rubber spatula to scrape the edges and bottom of the pan as it cooks to blend as it begins to thicken.
A whisk works best for stirring to break up any clumps of brown sugar and makes a smooth sauce.
How to Make Smoky BBQ Sauce:
We use this sauce primarily for grilling and smoked meats. So we do not add in any liquid smoke. If you are using it for oven cooked or crockpot recipes, you can add in about ½ teaspoon of liquid smoke to get a smoky bbq sauce.