Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Each country has their own version of what barbecue sauce should taste like. How do you like your sauce? Sweet and tangy or hot and spicy? Learn how to perfect your own recipe!

The exact origin of barbecue sauce is unknown, though many cultures and countries have tried to claim credit for the sweet or spicy sauce that has become a worldwide favorite. Each culture and family has their own way of mixing and blending spices to create their own version of the classic barbecue sauce.


1/2c ketchup

1-1/2T liquid smoke

1-1/2T apple vinegar

1-1/2T worchester sauce

1/2t chili powder

1/2t onion powder

Blend all ingredients together. Refrigerate 4 hours. Transfer mixture to saucepan and heat on low for 15 minutes. Sauce can be used as a topping, during cooking or to baste beef.


2T butter

1 clove garlic

1 onion, diced

1t black pepper

1t salt

1/4c celery, chopped

1/2t dried mustard

1c ketchup

3/4c water

2T Worcestershire sauce

2T brown sugar

2T white vinegar

1/2t Hickory

Mix together garlic, butter, onion, celery, salt, pepper and mustard. Transfer to sauce pan and heat on low to medium flame for 15 minutes. Blend in Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, lemon juice, brown sugar and hickory. Simmer 15 minutes. Add ketchup and water and simmer an additional 30-45 minutes.


1/2c ketchup

1/4c soy sauce

1/2c corn syrup

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2t cinnamon

1/2t anise seed

1/4t cloves

1/4t black pepper

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, allowing flavors to blend. Brush on to meat during cooking process, basting every ten minutes. Mixture can also be heated and served as a sauce.


1/2c ketchup

1/2 onion, chopped

2T brown sugar

1t Worcestershire sauce

1T dry mustard

1 garlic clove, minced

1 red pepper, minced or chopped

In a medium sized saucepan, combine all ingredients. On low heat, simmer 15 minutes, stirring often.


1c tomato puree

1t sugar

1T dry mustard

1t ginger

1t Worcestershire sauce

1T butter

1t garlic paste

Salt and pepper to taste

In small saucepan, mix all ingredients and heat on low. Mixture will be thick. Refrigerate 4 hours to allow spices to mix and blend. Reheat on low when ready to use.


BARBECUE sauce can be made of any combination of ingredients. The common ingredient in most sauces is ketchup. You can experiment from there, adding your own blend of spices.

ADD 1/4 cup of raisins for a sweet, tangy alternative to your favorite BARBECUE sauce.

ADDING a few drops of hickory or liquid smoke gives a whole new flavor to a tired sauce!

POUR in 2 ounces of whiskey to your sauce while cooking for a tangy treat.

ONE teaspoon of parsley adds color and flavor to sauce.

BARBECUE sauce can be added to almost any type of meat.

SHRED leftover turkey, chicken or beef and mix in BARBECUE sauce. Heat on low and serve on buns.

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