Homemade Sweet Barbecue Sauce

P1050239Everyone needs a good stand-by recipe for a basic barbecue sauce.

This one I am sharing today is my family’s current favorite. It is thick, sweet and boasts a deep and bold flavor from molasses.

Store-bought, bottled and processed barbecue sauce is among the growing list of ‘foods’ I no longer buy at the grocery store. Here are the ingredients for the popular Sweet Baby Rays Original Barbecue Sauce.  A few notable ingredients are Caramel Color, Sodium Benzonate Preservative, Modified Food Starch. Tasty, Huh?

But the good news is, a homemade sauce is so quick to mix together, and you might even have the ingredients in your house already!

Here it is:


  • 1/3 c. molasses
  • 3/4 c. ketchup (preferably an organic variety)
  • 3 Tbs. Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Small pinch cloves

Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour over your meat and cook until heated through.

(You could also add the ingredients to a saucepan and cook on low for a few minutes, if you want the sauce to be hot before using it.)

Couldn’t be simpler!

My two favorite recipes using this sauce are:

Fall-off-the-bone Tender Pork Spare Ribs

Barbecued Chicken Legs (posting this recipe soon!)




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One thought on “Homemade Sweet Barbecue Sauce

  1. […] use my Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce to coat them up. The end result will be juicy, tender, and very messy chicken […]

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