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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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  1. I have been using this recipe for years now for our annual bbq with pulled chicken and brisket. I now have to make 6 times the recipe because people want to take home. It is fantastic. Thanks so much.

  2. This barbecue sauce is amazing. I can’t have pineapple juice or apple cider vinegar so I substituted plain vinegar. I also can’t have worchestershire sauce, so I just left it out. It was still great. With my changes it conforms to my Heal Your Headache migraine diet. Thanks for posting this recipe!

  3. Hello,
    Just wondering how far in advance I can make this sauce and whether the flavours are impacted by making it in bulk? I’m hoping to bottle it for wedding favours for my wedding later this year (crediting your recipe on the bottle of course!)
    Look deeeeeeeeeeelicious!

    1. HI Hannah! You can make the sauce up to 2 months ahead and keep stored in the fridge. You can also make the sauce in bulk, it does not affect the flavor and I do it often! Such a fun wedding gift! Oh and you don’t need to credit me. It’s no big deal, just glad you are using the recipe! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    I made this today, leaving out the cayenne, and it’s very good. Just want to mention that the correct spelling is Worcestershire sauce. Your recipe will look more professional with that change. Also, Sweet Baby
    Ray’s should be capitalized.

  5. Hi,
    I have a question about the ground mustard in the homemade barbecue sauce.
    Is ground mustard the powdered mustard, if not what kind of mustard should I use.
    Thanks, Carol

    1. Hey Carol! Yes, ground mustard is powdered, just like a spice. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  6. Hello, interested in making this recipe. How much does this recipe make? 2 cups, 4 cups etc…look forward to trying it!!!


    1. HI! This makes about 3 cups. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  7. =-=It is 2019 now. No comments in a looooong time. I have one change in this recipe. Forget the salt. I WANT YOU TO TRY THIS, This should and will make this top shelf. MY secret to the perfect sauce. I want you to go to the store and pick up a tiny can of ANCHOVIES. That is those tiny fish’es which are salty anyway but gives that special touch to any bbq sauce recipes that require salt. ONLY USE 3 ANCHOVIES THEN PUT ALL INGREDIENTS IN A BLENDER. There you have ONE of my secrets. The second secret is to add this truly exotic ingredient…………..TAMARIND PASTE…..2 TBLS Most likely will have to order it as I did…2 little tubs, $5 ea.
    Semper FI 1966-

    1. Hi Ed! I am so glad you like this and you add in your own little touch! I would love to try your version, thank you for sharing it with me!

  8. 5 stars
    I made this with cherry juice rather than pineapple or avc cut back a bit on the smoked paprika because I really don’t like it used a little more than a teaspoon and a half a teaspoon of cayenne. It’s delicious and it doesn’t taste like bottled store bought sauce to me and that’s fine the only store bought one I like is big johns ok west bbq and dipping sauce. I didn’t catch it was a sweet baby rays copy cat until after I made it. My boyfriend just saw the picture and said I want to try that one. Anyway I will make this again and next time I will increase the cayenne a bit I can’t sense any heat but we eat a ton of spicy food. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. It keeps at least a month in the fridge. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kary! There is no cornstarch in this recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  9. 3 stars
    Any suggestions as to why when it cools, the sugar gets grainy again? When it was simmering the sugar was totally dissolved. I used Sukrin Gold.

    1. Hey Dawn, I really have no idea. I have never had that happen. My guess is the sugar you are using. Because it is a sugar replacer and not real sugar my guess is something weird is happening.

  10. 5 stars
    In some comments I see corn starch mentioned. The recipe I am reading has no corn starch as an ingredient. Has it been revised since it was originally posted?

    1. HI! Yes, No cornstarch is needed. I did revise the recipe since originally posting. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

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