This easy homemade barbecue sauce will soon become your favorite option to use with all of your favorite BBQ recipes. This recipe is perfect for grilled barbecue chicken. Let me show you how easy this simple recipe is to make.
The flavorful blend of brown sugar with ketchup and white vinegar matches the taste of your favorite original barbecue sauce. You’ll enjoy brushing some of this homemade barbecue sauce on your meat for added flavor while you’re grilling.
Before we get to the recipe, I need to point out that there are a few recipes here on the site that use a bottled barbecue sauce. However, every now and then I like to make this easy, delicious recipe.
This barbecue sauce freezes great too! Store it in an airtight container for up to six months. Use on Grilled Barbecue Chicken, Instant Pot Pulled Chicken, Baked Beans or as a condiment and dipping sauce.
You can also use it for my Air Fryer BBQ Chicken that just happens to be wrapped in bacon!
Helpful Kitchen Tools
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- Air-tight storage container or wide mouth mason jars.
- Mixing bowl set - this is my favorite set. I I love it so much I actually own two sets.
- Stainless steel whisk
Main Ingredients Needed
Exact measurements are listed below in the recipe card. Make sure you scroll down to print and save the recipe for later!
- Brown sugar
- White vinegar
Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until well combined. Be sure all sugar is completely dissolved.
Let set about 15 minutes before using for flavors to blend.
Store in refrigerator in airtight container for up to one week.
Should you refrigerate Homemade Barbecue Sauce?
You should store this sauce in a sealed air-tight container in the refrigerator. That way you can be sure the barbecue sauce tastes fresh for up to two weeks.
Can you Freeze Barbecue Sauce?
Yes! Barbecue sauce can be frozen for up to three months. You can either store it in an air-tight container or a freezer bag. Try to remove as much air as possible if you do decide to use a freezer bag.
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Try this Barbecue Sauce in any of these yummy recipes
- Falling Off the Bone BBQ Ribs - an old recipe from the blog, but still so delicious.
- Bacon Wrapped BBQ Crock Pot Chicken
- Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
- Grilled Barbecue Chicken Legs and Thighs
- ¾ cup ketchup
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until well combined.
- Be sure all sugar is completely dissolved.
- Let set about 15 minutes before using for flavors to blend.
- Store in refrigerator in airtight container for up to 1 week.
Use on Grilled Chicken, Crockpot Pulled Chicken, Baked Beans or as a condiment.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 66Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g
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This recipe has been updated since it first appeared in 2013 with new photos and a new printable recipe card that includes nutritional information. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!