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This Homemade Barbecue Sauce……it’s just like Sweet Baby Ray’s and it totally has me wishful thinking…Come on. We were almost there, we even had some nice warm sunny days. I could feel spring!

Homemade Barbecue Sauce


But then, yeah you guessed it. It totally snowed last night.

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

I am not going back to my winter ways. I am rebelling against this weather!

It is April gosh darn it!

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Technically I know April is a little early to be breaking out the grill, but let’s just say I am getting you guys ready for that hot spring day when you decide it is time to break out the grill.

Before you know April will be over, mid May will hit and with it will come (hopefully) warm temps! Or maybe you are lucky enough to be in one of those spots where the warm weather has already arrived…lucky you.

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Really is there a better way to prepare for outdoor cooking than homemade BBQ sauce!

It’s pretty much any griller’s favorite sauce.

Heck whether you are griller, broiler, Gorge Foreman lover or baker, it is still probably your favorite sauce.

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Over here we grill all year round. The boys CANNOT live without their grilled chicken or steak and my dad only likes his fish grilled. Not seared, not baked and not fried. Grilled.

So our grill gets a whole lot of use.

Therefore, we also go through a whole lot of BBQ sauce. Obviously.


Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Hands down, around here the family favorite is Sweet Baby Ray’s.

The problem? It is filled to the brim with high fructose corn syrup! Barf.

So I made my own. And oh fudge it is good! And like ridiculously easy. It takes me ten minutes to throw together! Yes, just 10 minutes! You definitely can’t get to the store and back in 10 minutes! Plus, my guess is you have every single ingredient in your kitchen right now. Honestly, it could not be simpler and it could not taste better. Even the texture is stop on. Sweet Baby Ray himself would not be able to tell the difference.

Yeah, I am serious. It is that good.

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Barbecue Sauce....Just Like Sweet Baby Ray

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories Per Serving: 497 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • Combine all the ingredients size sauce pot. Bring to a boil and reduce and simmer for five minutes or until all the sugar has dissolved. Serve immediately or cover and store in fridge.


Nutritional values are based on one cup of sauce
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Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Bone suckin’, lick the spoon (jar, bowl, table, whatever), good!



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  2. Can we jar this to store in the cabinet for a few months thinking of making big batch Friday ??? Ty

    1. HI! This last up to a month and it is best kept in the fridge. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I think you should revise your calorie count a tad or change it from “per serving” to “per jar or batch”. No way it is over 500 calories per serving. Any others I have checked are 60 calories per 2 TBS serving. I keep a jar of this in my refrigerator all the time. I love to use BBQ and loved Sweet Baby Ray’s. This is even better!!! I made BBQ chicken stuffed sweet potatoes for dinner tonight using this sauce. WOW!! Delicious!! Thank you for posting this recipe!!

  4. 5 stars
    Made this recipe on a Keto eating plan. Used 8 doonks of pure Stevia instead of brown sugar and substituted 1/8 cup of cocoa for the molasses and Apple Cider Vinegar for the pineapple juice. I also cut down the cayenne pepper to about an 1/8 Tsp.
    Great Recipe! Thank you.

  5. I am confused a number of comments mention it having corn startch in the it but I do not see it listed. It is just the ingredients listed at this time?

    1. There is no cornstarch in this recipe. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    About to make my second batch of this. Yay! I finally found an amazing homemade BBQ sauce that everyone in my family loves! My husband almost likes no heat at all in his sauce and when he tasted this he was looking for things to put it on!
    It’s a very versatile recipe too as I obviously did not put much cayenne in and I think only a 1/3 cup of brown sugar to start and then upped it to my taste. Thank you for doing all the hard work for me 😀

  7. 5 stars
    Oh my this sauce is amazing. Wow. Great job with this recipe Tieghan. Thank you for sharing this. Made it with some fried chicken tenders that I also got from your site. I added a tbsp of ACV and it’s better than sweet baby rays! God bless you girl!

  8. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe twice! Halved the brown sugar and used chipotle paste instead of cayenne pepper. We can’t get molasses in the uk so I used black treacle which I’m pretty sure is nearly the same thing. Everyone loves it (including one of my head chefs who is from Rome!) I think you have pretty much nailed this recipe, thank you so much!!!

      1. 5 stars
        I love the ingredients in your sauce. I plan on making the BBQ sauce the next time I grill. I’ve been looking for a sweet BBQ sauce and I’m confident I will like your recipe. Is it OK if I leave out the cayenne the first time or should I make two batches so that I can compare the two?


        1. HI! You can certainly omit the cayenne or just add a little, then add more to your taste. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    I’ve made this sauce several times and it always turns out great. Just a quick question. If you were to put rum in it how much would you put in?

    1. I would add 12 tablespoons. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    I made this sauce and it is very good, but sweet baby rays has a smoke element that I’m not getting here. So next time I will add some hickory liquid smoke added some bourbon because well… bourbon lol! 5 stars thank you!

  11. 4 stars
    I used organic apple cider vinegar and had to substitute light brown sugar with extra molasses instead of dark brown sugar. To give it a kick, I substituted Chipotle for the Cayenne. Quite delicious. My husband said its taste is close to the real thing!