Ditch the bottled BBQ sauce for this easy homemade BBQ sauce. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and spicy and whips up easily with simple pantry ingredients!
Ever been in a predicament and need barbecue sauce in a pinch? That’s what happened a few years ago to me – and the rest was history!
This sauce takes a little of this, and a little of that to make one of the most delicious BBQ sauce recipes I think I have ever had. What started out as a way to save a Saturday potluck has turned into the most appreciated condiment in our seven-person household.
It’s a little sweet.
It has a smidge of kick.
And it has a depth of flavor I can’t quite put my finger on.
One of the best things about this sauce is that it doesn’t use any refined sugar. We’ve made it with coconut palm sugar and with maple syrup and I love maple syrup the most. But if you don’t have either, you can use brown sugar (though it won’t be refined sugar free).
We have used this to make our favorite Hawaiian Chicken in the Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker). We have also thrown chicken in the pressure cooker with this sauce with the goal of BBQ chicken to serve on top of rolls. Delicious.
Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe
The best part about this sauce is that it comes together quite easily and quickly. We used simple pantry ingredients that everyone probably has on hand. Start with organic ketchup, apple cider vinegar, blackstrap molasses, a little brown sugar (or, coconut palm sugar*), a few spoons of tomato paste and your spices.
Then, mix well and bring to a simmer on the stove, then store in a glass jar or use immediately on your favorite recipe. This recipe makes just under a cup and a half, and tastes absolutely delicious!