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Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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"This is good for baking chicken or ribs in. Easily doubled or tripled for your needs. Vegetables are also really good cooked in this sauce."

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Original recipe makes 2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    20 mins


  1. In a medium nonporous bowl, combine the butter or margarine, onion, green bell pepper, water, ketchup, mustard powder, salt, celery seed, brown sugar and lemon juice. Mix well and use on your choice of meat.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 17, 2007

I improvised a lot on this recipe. I needed a quick barbecue sauce. I only used 1 Cup of ketchup, 1 Cup Water, 2 TBSP Brown Sugar, salt/pepper, 2 TBSP Butter (melted) and mixed them all together and popped the bowl in the microwave and 3 minutes later it was perfect! I used it on pulled pork sandwhiches I slow cooked all day long.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 08, 2010

A basic bbq sauce should include: 32oz of ketchup, 1 cup brown surgar, 1/3c of worchestershire sauce, and 1/4c vinegar. This recipe would work if you increase brown surgar and added the worchestershire sauce and vinegar. Hot pepper sauce or cayenne pepper optional.


32 Ratings

Oct 24, 2003

This was pretty good barbecue sauce recipe. I normally like it a little sweeter and a little spicier. I made 1 batch with the recipe as described, but found it sort of bland. So I made another, but this time I sauteed the onion with some chili powder in the melted butter, added a tablespoon of brown sugar, replaced the celery seed and green pepper with a stalk of celery, and swapped the lemon juice for lime juice. That was just the kick it needed! The second way only took about 5 minutes more. The basic sauce is definitely worth a try, and lends itself well to some creativity!

Jan 11, 2008

This sauce did not turn out for me at all. It might have been me b/c I added extra ingredients, such as liquid smoke, worcestershire sauce, & a tiny bit of cajun seasoning. I slow cooked chicken in it all day and by the end, the celery seed was way too overpowering, you could even bite the seeds. Plus it was too ketchupy for me. I followed the recipe, except for my add-ins. I ended up mixing in some store bought barbecue sauce just to try to tone down the strong celery taste. I want to try it again using less ketchup and maybe just a little celery salt instead.

Jul 09, 2010

This tasted great on my Ribs i prepared for the 4th! I added an additional table spoon of brown sugar and I sauteed it on the stove a while and added powdered potatoes to give it additional thickness. YUM!

May 24, 2004

I thought this recipe had good flavor, however, I was looking more for a barbecue sauce I could use to dip nuggets in. This was runny. I tried cooking it a little to try to thicken it up, but it didn't help much. This may be a great recipe for items cooked slowly, but was not very good for a dipping sauce

Feb 19, 2009

This sauce is okay but not really barbecue sauce. It was too ketchup tasting so I added some cayenne pepper vinegar molasses and garlic powder and tried cooking it. It still was an overpowering ketchup taste.

Nov 25, 2009

I used this recipe as a building block to create my own quick BBQ sauce. I added a splash of orange juice, minced garlic, and drained cut peaches to the sauce. I omitted the green bell pepers, mustard powder salt, celery seed and lemon juice. My version of this BBQ sauce came out quit nice, with a tangy taste. Poured the BBQ sauce over some chops.


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  • Calories
  • 149 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 23.4 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 15 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 6.6 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 1.8 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 1294 mg
  • 52%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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