Tangy, spicy, and salty-sweet, this irresistible homemade bbq sauce is perfect for chicken, ribs, pulled pork and more. Made with ingredients already in your pantry, this homemade sauce comes together in minutes. Switch out your store-bought bottle with this delicious homemade version of the best barbecue sauce ever!

Whether you’ve got chicken on the grill or pork simmering in the slow cooker, slather this Kansas City-style bbq sauce on your favorite meat for a flavor-packed meal. A spicy hot sauce combines with sweet brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar and spices for an addictive sauce full of complex flavors and stick-to-your-rib texture.

It’s so easy to make this foolproof sauce. Get started with a set of GoodCook Touch Measuring Spoons and a GoodCook Mixing Bowl. Simply combine all the ingredients and blend!

Ingredients in Homemade BBQ Sauce

  • Ketchup
  • Brown sugar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Mustard
  • Paprika
  • Pepper
  • Hot Sauce

How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce

In a large jar or bowl, combine the brown sugar, red wine vinegar, water, salt, Worcestshire sauce, mustard, paprika, pepper and hot sauce. Place an immersion blender in the jar and blend until smooth and combined.

How to Store Homemade BBQ Sauce

Store homemade bbq sauce in an air-tight jar in the fridge for up to 1 week. You can freeze it in a resealable freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw the bag in the fridge overnight before using. 


  • Don’t have red wine vinegar? Use an equal amount of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
  • If you’re out of Worcestshire sauce, use 2 teaspoons of soy sauce, ¼ teaspoon of lemon juice, ¼ of teaspoon sugar and a dash of hot sauce for every Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce the recipe calls for.
  • If you crave thick, syrupy molasses in your sauce, sub in ¼ cup molasses for each cup of dark brown sugar.
  • Like a smoky flavor? Swap out the paprika for an equal amount of smoked paprika.

What Can I Put BBQ Sauce On?

  • BBQ grilled chicken
  • Pulled pork
  • Ribs
  • Baked beans
  • BBQ chicken pizza
  • Meatballs or meatloaf
  • Burgers
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Chicken wings
  • Brats

Upgrade your barbecue with this incredible homemade bbq sauce. The GoodCook line of cookware, bakeware and kitchen accessories has everything you need to get started. A set of GoodCook Touch Measuring Spoons and a GoodCook Mixing Bowl are all you need to whip up this tasty sauce. Are you ready to whip up a batch of addictive homemade bbq sauce?

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BBQ Sauce


  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 Cup Brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Dry Mustard
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce


Combine all ingredients and blend with a hand mixer until smooth. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 7-10 days.

Recipe Notes

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