The Only BBQ Sauce Recipe You’ll Ever Need

This is the best homemade BBQ sauce recipe that I’ve tried by far! Once you try it, you may never buy store-bought BBQ sauce again. Not only is it super easy to make, inexpensive, and delicious, you can also freeze the leftovers in small ziploc bags to be used another time, if you make more than you can eat within a week.

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

homemade bbq sauce recipe

Makes 4 cups

  • 3 c. ketchup
  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp salt

Simply mix all ingredients together over low heat until thoroughly combined and heated through. It’s that easy!

My favorite way to use this BBQ sauce is over chicken breasts in the crockpot. Just cook over low heat for about 8 hours, or until the chicken is cooked, then shred the chicken up and add more sauce. SO GOOD. I usually serve shredded BBQ chicken on homemade rolls. It’s also super yummy over meatballs.

Do you have a favorite BBQ sauce recipe to share?

10 thoughts on “The Only BBQ Sauce Recipe You’ll Ever Need”

  1. Just made it for bbq chicken today. It taste just like Store bought bbq sauce. Yummo. Thanks for the recipe. Also is the liquid smoke suppose to go in the fridge after opening? I can’t find it anywhere on the bottle. Thanks:)

  2. If you made this what kind of canning process would you use? Water bath or pressure canning? Thanks. I my try this today in case its hot again.

  3. Ohhh, this is very simple to make! I actually have all the items too!!
    If I made a bunch, do you think it would keep in the fridge for a month or so. I am trying to think of a natural preservative that I might be able to add to it. Or, maybe a tad more salt.*scratching chin*

  4. Years ago my husband was given some BBQ sauce that we LOVED. I have never been able to find a recipe that seemed to fit the bill, but I am pretty sure this is it. The only difference was they added a little cayenne pepper for kick. Can’t wait to try this.

    I found your blog through a google search for storing grains. I am having a blast reading all your posts and have so many new things to try. Thanks!

  5. I made this with the crockpot chicken last week when it was posted and it was SO yummy we are having it again tonight at my husband’s request. Thanks for all the wonderful and informative posts!!!

  6. We make our own BBQ sauce too but I make mine in bulk and we can it 6 quarts at a time. Mine is a little more difficult but it is oh so good!!


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