Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

homemade barbecue sauce

I love barbecue sauce, so I’m happy to have learned how to make it myself.  This sauce is so simple to make, and it tastes delicious.  It’s free of refined sugar and other questionable ingredients that store-bought barbecue sauce tends to include.  I like to serve it with shredded chicken over a baked potato for a delicious, gluten-free meal.  This recipe is adapted from Food Renegade’s Better Barbecue Sauce.

1 tbs. olive oil
¾ cup minced onion
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbs. soy sauce
1 cup tomato sauce
1 tsp. cumin
½ tsp. dry mustard
½ tsp. smoked paprika
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
3 tbs. honey

barbecue sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, sauté the onion in the olive oil until softened (3-4 minutes).
  2. Add the crushed garlic and cook for another minute.  I use a microplane to turn the garlic into a puree so I don’t end up with little chunks of garlic in the sauce.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients.  Stir together, and simmer over low heat until thickened (about 20 minutes).

Barbecue Sauce Price Breakdown

This recipe yields 1¼ cups of barbecue sauce and it costs $1.67 to make.  You could find a jar of barbecue sauce at the supermarket for less money, but its list of ingredients would include things like high fructose corn syrup, modified food starch, and sodium benzoate.  Make homemade barbecue sauce and you’ll be happier with the taste and the ingredient list.
Linking to Make Your Own Monday, Fat Tuesday, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, Frugal Food Thursday, Pennywise Platter Thursday.


  1. says

    Fun! I haven’t tried homemade BBQ sauce yet. This looks yummy and easy, and so much better than the store bought stuff. I’ll have to try it soon!

    • Annemarie says

      Funny, Kirsten, I can’t stand ketchup! The two sauces are similar but just different enough. My family loves ketchup, though, so please share your recipe if you come up with a good one.

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