Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce Recipe is perfect for chicken, pork, or burgers. Don’t grab the store bought bottle, it’s easy to make your own barbecue sauce!
So Many Types Of Barbecue Sauce
Have you ever taken a look at how many different styles of barbecue sauce are out there?
Yes, they all vary slightly in taste, but really, what’s the difference?
Barbecue sauce ingredients can vary widely, but typically you will always find a vinegar or tomato base, sweetened, and seasoned with things like mustard, pepper, or liquid smoke.
That’s pretty basic.
But what about the regions of the US that fight over their sauce?
The Great Barbecue Sauce Debate In The US
Here’s how we understand the breakdown:
Kansas City BBQ sauces are thick, tomato based condiments that are sweet with molasses or brown sugar and have a slight vinegar tang.
St Louis takes a similar tomato base, but ads more vinegar for a thinner sauce with a bit more bite than the Kansas version.
South Carolina uses vinegar and mustard to achieve their sweet tang that pairs perfectly with pork.
Texas barbecue is characterized by more of a thin and spicy, vinegar-based basting sauce for their meats.
Memphis goes a whole different route by using a dry rub rather than the more traditional sauces the rest of us are used to.
Are there more? Did I get your neighborhood wrong? Let’s chat in the comments. I’d love to hear about your favorite BBQ and your region’s flare!
Our Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce Recipe
This homemade bbq sauce is a sweet and smoky sauce that starts with a tomato base.
Even though the ingredients list is long, it comes together quickly to give you a sweet barbecue sauce that is great with chicken or as an all-purpose dipping sauce.
We even like to add some to our burgers!
Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce Recipe is perfect for chicken, pork, or burgers. Don't grab the store bought bottle, it's easy to make your own barbecue sauce!
Yield: 2 c of barbecue sauce
- 1 1/2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
- ½ c water
- ¼ c ketchup
- ¼ c molasses
- ¼ c brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 4 dashes liquid smoke
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp season salt
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Store in the fridge or use immediately. The flavors will improve if you let the sauce set overnight before using.
We use roughly ½ c of sauce for 1 ½ lbs of chicken.
When grilling your chicken, cook until it is very firm, or use a thermometer to be sure it has reached 160F. Bone-in chicken cooks slower than a boneless breast, so be extra careful to cook it through. Flip once while cooking, and after the chicken is mostly cooked, then base your chicken with the BBQ sauce, flipping once to coat and warm the sauce on both sides.