Best Ever Homemade BBQ Sauce

This will be THE BEST BBQ Sauce you ever have! It is deliciously sweet and tangy with a flavor that can’t be beat and is super easy to make!

BEST EVER Homemade BBQ Sauce... This will be THE BEST BBQ Sauce you ever have! It is deliciously sweet and tangy with a flavor that can't be beat and is super easy to make!

BBQ Sauce is such a favorite of mine. As far as store bought brands go, I absolutely adore Sweet Baby Rays. I have tried many out and I keep coming back to that one.

That being said, I wanted to try my own homemade version and this beautiful recipe was created. It is seriously THE BEST! And that is coming from a BBQ lover herself ;)

BEST EVER Homemade BBQ Sauce... This will be THE BEST BBQ Sauce you ever have! It is deliciously sweet and tangy with a flavor that can't be beat and is super easy to make!

With it being grilling season, we are out grilling more often than not! Keeps the heat outside and it is always super simple.

Barbecue sauce is such a staple product and this took a couple trial and errors to get it just right. Three to be precise.

This BBQ Sauce made dinner extra special and was loved and adored by all. It will now be my go-to BBQ sauce recipe and I am sure it will be yours as well!

BEST EVER Homemade BBQ Sauce... This will be THE BEST BBQ Sauce you ever have! It is deliciously sweet and tangy with a flavor that can't be beat and is super easy to make!

4.8 from 14 reviews
Best Ever Homemade BBQ Sauce
This will be THE BEST BBQ Sauce you ever have! It is deliciously sweet and tangy with a flavor that can't be beat and is super easy to make!
Recipe type: Sauce
  • 1¼ cup ketchup
  • 4 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup honey
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and stir well.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and then turn the heat down to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring constantly.


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  1. Kristen Tenley

    How long does this keep in the fridge?

  2. Kristen Tenley

    How long does this keep refrigerated?

    1. Coral

      Hi how long does this last refrigerated please

    2. Christine @ myblissfulmess

      I did a google search to see, and I'm guessing here from what I've read on various BBQ and smoking sites, that because there's fresh garlic in this sauce, 1-2 weeks in the fridge. It's just an educated guess, I could be wrong. You can can the stuff and it'll last a very long time. But after opening, I'm going to follow the 1-2 weeks just to be safe. I hope that helps!

  3. Christina Lakey | Food Apparel

    You are right on point - sweet baby ray's or bust as far as store bought goes. This homemade one looks awesome too! I make homemade once in a while, usually never measure though cuz I'm just adding whatever I can find! This looks classically good - I'll have to give it a try for sure and actually measure! ha!

    1. Maureen

      I plan to try this for July 4th! I like SBR's but not the HFCS it has in it.
      Thank You!!!

  4. Thomas

    Havent made this 1 yet but when I get back from this next trip this will be on the stove. I know I will add 2tbsps of JimBeam to it. My mouth is watering already.

  5. Lauren


    Made this today and it's amazing. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Veea'ne

    I finally made your Best Ever BBQ Sauce . Nikki, in my opinion it is without a doubt the Bestest In The Whole Wide World ? !!! We ate it on grilled chicken thighs and legs while out camping and fishing . It is the Bomb girl ! Thanks for sharing ?

  7. Alexis

    Making this now. Did you really want both minced garlic and garlic powder? I do like garlic but both seemed a lot.

  8. Skip

    Tried this yesterday for for our New Years party. It was fantastic, and verified by the empty jar this morning. Goodbye SBR, this is my new "go to" sauce. Thank you for sharing!! I will make a double batch from now on! p.s.-The garlic level was perfect too.

  9. Maureen

    This BBQ sauce is awesome! I made meatballs and used this recipe for them in a he crockpot. Everybody loved it. I was looking for a sauce to use with meatballs that didn't contain soy as my grandson is allergic to soy protein and soy flour, also peanuts. This worked perfectly for us. Thanks for the recipe. ?

  10. Karri

    Can this be canned? I mean I am sure it can but would like to know if you have canned it and if it needs a pressure cooker or water bath...I am new to canning lol

  11. Jose

    How long will this keep for if you made extra sauce?

  12. Deb


    Excellent! It also lends itself to being easily adjusted (more Heat?... add more cayenne, Sweeter? add more honey!) For sure, a great take on Sweet Baby Ray's.... Thanks so much for sharing ; )

  13. Aline

    What kind of molasses die you use?
    Sugar cane of sugar beets?

  14. Aline

    I made this last night. But it doesn't look as sticky as yours. I followed the recipe, the only thing I can image to be different is the kind of honey, and the kind of molasses. I used acacia honey and blackstrap molasses from sugar beets (I live in Europe). What kind did you use?

  15. Jenna

    This sauce was good. But it was more like a sweet and sour sauce than a BBQ sauce. I also feel like there was to much apple cider vinegar for my liking. I think the next time I make it,I would add some smoked paprika,or smoked chilli peppers to add the smokey flavour that I feel like BBQ sauce should have. And omit half of the apple cider vinegar. Either way,it's a good base sauce that you could totally adjust to your taste!

  16. Sonya

    How much does this recipe make?

  17. Rick

    How long will this last if you can it ?

  18. Kay Thompson

    Oh.My.Goodness. This is one good BBQ sauce!! I made it for chicken...but plan to use it next time I make ribs.

    For those asking about fridge shelf should last awhile. If you omitted the FRESH garlic, it would last (almost) indefinitely in the fridge...within reason, of course!

  19. Charlene

    Your recipes always amaze me. I made this BBQ sauce last night to go over the ribs and added a little jack daniels to it. Everybody said it is the best BBQ sauce they have tasted so big well done to you xx

  20. Christine @ myblissfulmess

    This looks fabulous! I'll definitely be trying this.

  21. deana phillips


    So so GOOD! I use hit garlic chili paste instead of cayenne. Gives it a richer less 🔥HOT flavor. Love it

  22. Donna Brock

    Can the sauce be canned?

  23. Tracy


    I rarely buy BBQ sauce anymore since I found this recipe. The kids always ask now if its my BBQ sauce or bought. If it's mine, they dig in. Can't recommend this recipe enough! Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

  24. Tre


    Sauce was great very easy to follow, quick. This is a keeper. Definitely a good starter bbq sauce... can bounce around with flavor profile to your liking.

  25. Jennifer


    Easy to make and super tasty!

  26. Kayla B


    I have made this a couple times now and my family just loves it!! I have been instructed not to buy store bought anymore. Thank you so much for sharing. Next time I make I might add a little liquid smoke! My favorite part is I know everything that is going into this and everyone in my house (5 adults and one toddler) love it!

  27. Mo


    Love this recipe try adding a touch of lemon juice yummy

  28. Ronn

    You are right. Best ever. Family and friends loved it. Thanks

  29. Christine Allen

    How long can I store this in the refrigerator?

  30. laura cooper

    I made this yesterday for some pulled pork and it was quite tasty. I found it to be a bit on the sweet side, but otherwise great! Next time I'll just use less brown sugar.

  31. Ken


    I made this sauce for a pork butt I smoked all day. I didn't have any molasses on me when I made it but my friends brought some when they came over. I ended up adding the molasses to the sauce and thinned it out with the pork butt juice and reduced the sauce for another 20 minuets. The sauce was AMAZING! I can't wait to make some more.

  32. Ben


    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. Made this twice and it is the BOMB!!!!

  33. lj Franks

    The problem with ketchup as an ingredient is that not all ketchups are the same.

  34. Deana Phillips


    Hands down the best EVER!

  35. Kayane


    Oh my dear lord - I had to take a break from stuffing my face to let you know how amazing this tastes!!! I didn't have any molasses on hand so I subbed with maple syrup and I had no garlic powder (wtf I know) so I subbed with more garlic!!! I'm never buying from the store again.

  36. Ronn


    Best ever great for all meats