Have you ever noticed that your favorite BBQ joints always have their own homemade sauces and not store bought barbecue sauce? Did you notice how much better they taste compared to the store bought sauces? Through my travels, I have noticed that I enjoyed most of their homemade sauces and I wanted to recreate that amazing taste. The flavor of this sauce is really inspired by my favorite barbecue joints in Austin, Texas like Terry Blacks BBQ and Franklins BBQ.

My favorite sauces seem to have some consistent flavors. They typically are not overly spicy, they have a bit of tang / acidity (vinegar) and there is also a hint of sweetness. They are also more liquid (low viscosity) compared to store bought sauces. The lower viscosity sauce seems to compliment pulled pork and brisket much better. The lower viscosity sauce works great in a squeeze bottle. 

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Homemade BBQ sauce pouring into a funnel
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After trying many different recipes, I finally came up with one that I really enjoy. First of all, it is a very easy homemade bbq sauce recipe. The ingredients are typically in every household, which keeps things simple. This is a very mainstream / classic bbq flavored sauce, but don’t be fooled, it is full of flavor and works well with so many dishes. We enjoy it on ribs, chicken, taco’s, fajitas, and scrambled eggs. This is an extremely universal bbq sauce. I typically like spicy sauces, but this is one of the few low spice level sauces that I can enjoy with my 8 and 10 year old daughters.  And since it’s a favorite of my daughters, it becomes extra special, if I use the pink piggie spatula!

pink spatula in a measuring cup

This homemade barbecue sauce only takes 25 minutes to make so you have something to do while your meat rests in the cambro.

Homemade BBQ sauce in a pot
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Homemade BBQ Sauce

A very mainstream / classic bbq flavored sauce but don’t be fooled. It is full of flavor and works well with so many dishes. We use it on ribs, chicken, taco’s, fajitas, and eggs. This is an extremely universal bbq sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best barbecue sauce, best bbq sauce, homemade bbq sauce, vinegar bbq sauce
Servings: 1
Calories: 18kcal


  • Medium sauce pan
  • Spatula
  • Funnel
  • Squeeze bottle


  • 1 3/4 cup Ketchup "I use French's"
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chili powder subsitute with chipotle chili powder to increase the heat
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Secret Ingredient!
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground pepper
  • 2 tsp Brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup White vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar


  • Simply mix all the ingredients into a sauce pan. Mix over medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Do not boil. Let cool. Transfer to a squeeze bottle and refrigerate. The sauce will last approximately one month if refrigerated. Enjoy.


Serving: 0.5oz | Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3.7g | Calcium: 6mg

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