Ditch the bottled stuff – This easy homemade Smoky BBQ Sauce tastes so much better! It’s perfect for marinades, Barbecues or serve as a dip.
Why should I make homemade bbq sauce when I could just buy a bottle?
The big advantage of making your own sauce is there are no hidden additives or nasties – yes, this recipe does contain sugar but at least you know exactly what’s going in it!
Follow this recipe and you’ll end up with a sweet, tangy, sticky sauce that can be used in so many dishes.
You’ll never want to buy bottled sauce again!
How do you make homemade BBQ sauce?
It’s very easy – all you need to do is cook onion on a low heat for about 10 minutes or until softened.
Then it’s simply a case of adding the rest of the ingredients and simmering the mixture for about 30-40 until slightly thickened.
You’ll need a few store cupboard ingredients to make this bbq sauce –
- Tomato Passata
- Cider Vinegar – but you can substitute with any kind of vinegar you have
- Soft dark brown sugar
- Smoked paprika
- Garlic powder
- Worcestershire sauce
- Dijon mustard
- Tabasco sauce if you like a little heat
This smoky BBQ sauce is perfect with grilled chicken, slow cooker pulled pork, sausages or to ring the changes. serve with these beef and chorizo meatballs instead of tomato sauce.
More ideas for using up your homemade BBQ sauce…
Spread it over a pizza base for a bbq chicken pizza
Make Hunter’s chicken – chicken breasts wrapped in bacon, smothered in bbq sauce and topped with grated cheese
serve as a dip with potato wedges.
Helpful Tips for making homemade bbq sauce
If you want a completely smooth sauce, you’ll need to blitz it with a blender.
I don’t mind little bits of cooked onion in the sauce, but if you have some fussy little ones I totally understand if you would rather blend it!
Can I make homemade BBQ sauce in a slow cooker?
Yes you can! Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker/crock pot and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
How long does homemade BBQ sauce keep for?
The sauce will keep for up to two weeks in the fridge.
Can you freeze homemade BBQ sauce?
Yes. Spoon the completely cooled sauce into freezer bags, seal and freeze for up to 6 months.
This is the only BBQ sauce you’ll need for your Summer barbecues!
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Smoky BBQ Sauce
This homemade smoky BBQ sauce recipe is so much better than anything you can buy!
- 500g Tomato Passata
- 3 tablespoons cider Vinegar
- 100g Dark Soft Brown Sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 2 tablespoons Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Few Shakes of Tabasco Sauce (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Freshly ground Black Pepper
- Place the Passata, Cider Vinegar, Dark brown sugar, mustard, smoked paprika, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and tabasco (if using) in a large saucepan.
- Stir well and slowly bring to the boil over a medium high heat.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently, uncovered for 30-40 minutes, until the sauce has thickened slightly.
- Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Pour the sauce into a sterilised jar, seal and when cold, place in the fridge.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 36Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g
Why? Why are you using “grams” for measurements in this recipe?
Hi David, that’s what we use in the UK but if it would help I’m happy to include cup measurements in the recipe card. Have a great day!
Love your recipe used today.
I’m Old school in UK.
I only use cups.
Or if have to weigh, pounds & ounces. I don’t do metric.
I have all my USA cups and have shopping shipped in. 😂. I’m Welsh, a forever wife to my Angel American Vietnam Veteran. Been back in UK 14 years.