How to Make Your Own Homemade Barbeque Sauce

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After slaving over the hot coals, grilling to perfection with your own unique touch, the last thing you want to do so slather some generic barbeque sauce over your masterpiece. There are countless varieties on the market, but when the sauce is the final touch, it should be yours. Most store bought brands are made from the same basic ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen.

The best part about creating your own barbeque sauce is that you can customize and adjust it to your own preference. You don’t need to have any special skill except a taste for perfection. The original recipe is simple, then experiment with amounts and ingredients until you have created a stunning success of sauce that is all your own.



1 cup of ketchup
1 tbsp. Mustard
3 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
2 tbsp. vinegar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. black pepper


1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
2. Allow the barbeque sauce to sit for several hours to let the flavors blend together
3. Keep refrigerated.

It really does not get much simpler than this basic barbeque recipe, but you can make it more exciting. It tastes great as is, but get creative. Experiment with different kinds of mustard: yellow, Dijon, or honey. Add ginger or garlic for a bit of an exotic flavor, or throw in some hot sauce to spice it up a bit. This basic recipe provides a great base with much room to expand.

While grilling automatically seems to imply that there is a smoky flavor to the meat, many people prefer a smoky tasting barbeque sauce over the more mainstream varieties. This recipe will more than satisfy smoke-lovers and even bring some traditional-lovers to the other side.



1 bottle of chili sauce (12 oz)
¼ cup water
1 tbsp. mustard
3 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp. vinegar
2 tbsp. Liquid Smoke

1. Use the ¼ cup of water to rinse all of the chili sauce out of the bottle.
2. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
3. Let sit for several hours to allow the flavors to blend together.
4. Keep refrigerated.

This is another very simple recipe. The only odd ingredient is the Liquid Smoke, but nearly every grocery store carries it in the same section as the barbeque sauce. Again, don’t be afraid to experiment. Adjust the amount of liquid smoke you add depending on much of a smoky flavor you want your sauce to have. Add spices such as thyme for a slight garden-fresh flavor to capture all the flavors of summer. Using soy sauce instead of Worcestershire sauce will tone down the zest and amp up the saltiness. Swap the white vinegar for apple cider vinegar for a slight hint of sweetness behind the smoky barbeque.

When you are creating your own homemade barbeque sauce, keep in mind what kind of meat you will be putting be using with it. For example, a fruity flavor tends to compliment pork and ribs the best. Maybe try adding a few tablespoons of fresh apple or cherry jam to the smoky recipe. Squeeze some honey into the basic recipe for a fresh honey-barbeque glaze on chicken. Anything can be turned into an ingredient when making barbeque sauce.

With all this creativity, there is not even the need to limit yourself to using the barbeque sauce for just meats. A very mild smoky sauce will add a substantial amount of flavor to corn made on the grill. Drizzle any rendition of your homemade barbeque sauce over vegetables in a foil packet. The flavors will soak wonderfully into broccoli and cauliflower, but most of all, potato chunks.

As with any form of art, the most important rule is that there are no rules. Go crazy with your homemade barbeque sauce and wind up with a flavor that is entirely yours.

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