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I've been making a homemade barbecue sauce for years, but haven't made any in quite a while. So this was the perfect time to make up a batch with all the grilling we (ummmm, my hubby) will be doing all summer! 🙂
Homemade Barbecue Sauce
This homemade barbecue sauce recipe is one that can totally be customized to your personal tastes. We like ours sweet and spicy. 😋
But, if you prefer yours more spice, you can add a bit more hot sauce. Prefer it sweeter, increase the amount of brown sugar or honey! Like it more like they do in the Carolinas, add more vinegar.
The great thing about making it yourself is you can really keep adjusting the ingredients in the sauce until you get it just right!
Homemade Barbecue Sauce Directions
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1-2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
- 1/4 cup hot sauce (or more if you like it really spicy!)
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 Tbsps honey
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Store in an airtight container or jar for up to 3-4 weeks.
If you prefer your homemade barbecue sauce not as sweet, reduce the amount of brown sugar to 1 cup.
Great to keep on hand all year long! 🙂
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