Craft Your Culinary Masterpiece: Homemade Delicious Barbecue Sauce

By Emily Raunig

Barbecue sauce is the quintessential condiment for grilling enthusiasts and smoky, grilled goodness lovers. While plenty of excellent store-bought options are available, making your own barbecue sauce from scratch can be a rewarding culinary adventure. At JT's Grill, BBQ owns a special place in our hearts, and we love making our BBQ Blue Ribbon Ribs for our customers.

So, if you feel like getting your Boby Flay on, let us guide you through creating a delectable homemade barbecue sauce that will elevate your grilling game.

Ingredients You'll Need

For the Base:

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Flavor Variations:

You can customize your barbecue sauce by adding one or more of the following ingredients for unique flavors:

  • Smoked paprika for a smoky kick
  • Cayenne pepper for heat
  • Honey for sweetness
  • Liquid smoke for extra smokiness
  • Soy sauce for a hint of umami
  • Hot sauce for a spicy kick
  • Fruit juice (e.g., pineapple or apple) for a fruity twist


1. Prep Your Ingredients

Before you start cooking, have all your ingredients measured and ready. This ensures a smooth and organized cooking process.

2. Combine the Base Ingredients

In a medium saucepan, combine the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.

3. Heat and Simmer

Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and let it gently simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning and ensure all the flavors meld together.

4. Customize Your Flavor

This is where you can get creative! If you want to add a smoky flavor, use smoked paprika or a few drops of liquid smoke. For some heat, incorporate cayenne pepper or your favorite hot sauce. Adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding honey or brown sugar.

5. Taste & Adjust

Taste your sauce as it simmers, and make any necessary adjustments. You can add more salt, pepper, or any other desired flavors to achieve the perfect balance.

6. Blend or Leave Chunky

For a smoother sauce, use an immersion blender to puree the sauce. If you prefer a chunkier texture, leave it as is.

7. Cool & Store

Once your homemade barbecue sauce reaches your desired flavor and texture, remove it from the heat and let it cool. Transfer it to an airtight container or mason jar and store it in the refrigerator.

8. Let It Rest

Allow your sauce to rest in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. This resting period allows the flavors to meld and develop, resulting in a more delicious and well-rounded sauce.

Homemade barbecue sauce is a culinary delight that adds a personal touch to your grilling adventures. You can craft a sauce that perfectly complements your favorite grilled dishes with the right combination of base ingredients and creative flavor variations. Enjoy experimenting with different flavors and share your homemade barbecue sauce with friends and family for a truly delightful grilling experience.

Or you can leave the cooking to us and enjoy some ribs at JT's Grill in De Soto, KS. Come on!