Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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For the Fourth of July I thought it would be fun to make some of my own barbeque sauce for my charcoal grilled barbecue chicken. I used to make it all the time following a Bourbon Barbeque Sauce recipe from Bon Appetite. Now that I have children, I have since altered the recipe, omitting the bourbon and making it a little sweeter and less spicy…perfect for children’s palette. I also added some sautéed onions and garlic to add more flavor and texture.

Homemade barbeque sauce is so easy to make and can be stored up to a week in the refrigerator. It is so delicious, I don’t know why I don’t make it more often.



  • 2 cups ketchup
  • ½ cup  Grandma’s Original Molasses
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup minced onions
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce



Step 1: Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a large sauce pan and sauté the garlic and onions over medium heat until soft.

Step 2: Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

Step 3: Bring to a boil over a medium heat then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Step 4: Continue to stir so the sauce doesn’t burn. The flavors will meld together and the sauce will thicken.

Let cool before using. It can be made up to a week ahead of time so it will be one less thing to do if you having a barbecue party.

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