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How to make a great tasty barbecue sauce from scratch

Welcome to Fresh Farms Gourmet, where we believe in using only the freshest ingredients to create delicious meals. And what better way to spice up your dishes than with a homemade BBQ sauce?

In this blog, we will teach you how to make a great-tasting BBQ sauce from scratch that will take your taste buds on a journey. First, let's talk about what makes a good BBQ sauce. It's a balance of flavors, sweetness, tanginess, smokiness, and heat. Some people like their BBQ sauce on the sweeter side, while others like it spicy. The beauty of making your own BBQ sauce is that you can customize it to your liking.

To make a basic BBQ sauce, you will need:

  • 1 cup ketchup

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons molasses

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a saucepan, combine all the ingredients and whisk until well combined.

  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.

  3. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Remove from heat and let the sauce cool to room temperature before using.

There you have it, a basic BBQ sauce recipe that you can use for all your BBQ needs. But if you want to take it up a notch, here are some variations you can try:

  • Spicy BBQ sauce: add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or hot sauce for some heat.

  • Mustard BBQ sauce: replace the ketchup with yellow mustard and add 1/4 cup honey for sweetness.

  • Carolina-style BBQ sauce: replace the ketchup with apple cider vinegar, add 1/4 cup yellow mustard, and 2 tablespoons hot sauce.

  • Memphis-style BBQ sauce: omit the ketchup and add 1/4 cup yellow mustard, 1/4 cup honey, and 2 tablespoons vinegar.

Now that you have some ideas on how to customize your BBQ sauce, let's talk about some tips to make it even better:

  • Use fresh ingredients: using fresh garlic and onion instead of the powder will give your sauce a better flavor.

  • Let it simmer: letting the sauce simmer for at least 15 minutes will allow the flavors to meld together and create a more complex taste.

  • Store it properly: store the BBQ sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

In conclusion, making your own BBQ sauce is not only easy, but it allows you to create a sauce that is tailored to your taste buds. We hope you enjoy trying out this recipe and experimenting with different variations. Remember to use only the freshest ingredients, and happy grilling!


  • "Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce" by Kristin Marr, Live Simply

  • "Basic BBQ Sauce Recipe" by Diana Rattray, The Spruce Eats

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