Embark on a journey of flavor with our homemade BBQ sauce recipe—an essential companion to your grilling adventures. Elevate your dishes with the perfect balance of smoky, sweet, and tangy notes that define a classic barbecue sauce.


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


  1. In a saucepan, combine ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, Dijon mustard, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Reduce heat and let the sauce simmer for 15-20 minutes, allowing flavors to meld.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to achieve the desired taste. Adjust sweetness or tanginess as needed.
  5. Remove from heat and let the BBQ sauce cool before storing in an airtight container.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Glaze over grilled chicken, ribs, or burgers for an irresistible barbecue experience.
  • Use as a dipping sauce for fries, onion rings, or other favorite snacks.
  • Brush onto vegetables before roasting or grilling for a smoky kick.

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