Homemade Sweet Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Sweet Barbecue Sauce is sweet, savory and delicious! It’s like Sweet Baby Ray’s just minus the high fructose corn syrup!

This is my favorite homemade barbecue sauce. But it’s not just any barbecue sauce. 

From the very moment my lips tasted Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, I was hooked. I love the consistency and sweet and savor flavor combination. However it was also in the same moment that I read the label and didn’t care for a few of the ingredients. Which is when I began my mission to make my own sweet barbecue sauce that stands up to this huge name brand, the only difference is that mine recipe is without high fructose corn syrup. It’s sweet, tangy and perfectly seasoned.

Since creating my own version, I’ve had it on pizza, nachos, wings, burgers, meatloaf you name it. We love this recipe so much, I even put the recipe in my cookbook!

If I had to label it, I’d call it Sweet Laurie Loo’s… what? Too similar??

Pantry ingredients. What could be better? I love making food from what I find in my pantry or fridge. It makes me feel chef-y. It’s like I’m on Chopped or something. Pulling off a dinner with only having onion, lemon, vegetable stock and chicken thighs… is what I live for!

It’s a whole lotta dark brown sugar, I know. But I think this is the key to the sweetness of this liquid gold.

Next measure and add in 2-1/2 teaspoons dried mustard, 2 teaspoons paprika, 1-1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt and 3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper.


Then, using a wooden spoon, break up the dark sugar and mix in those spices.

Next, add in the 1-1/4 cups of ketchup.

And then a 1/2 cup red wine vinegar.

Next add a tablespoon or so of Worcestershire sauce.

Then stir until the sugar is dissolve and the seasonings mixed throughout.

Once the barbecue sauce is mixed thoroughly, you can finally pour it into glass jars. Refrigerate it over night is best so the flavors can develop. At the very least, a couple of hours will do.

Now head on over and check out my 5-ingredient baked beans featuring this lip-smackin’-good BBQ sauce! 

Enjoy! And if you give this Homemade Sweet Barbecue Sauce recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance! 

Yield: 4 cups approximately

Homemade Sweet Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Sweet Barbecue Sauce is sweet, savory and delicious! It's like Sweet Baby Ray's just minus the high fructose corn syrup!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1-1/2 cups dark brown sugar, packed (packing the brown sugar is crucial so the vinegar is balanced)
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


Measure and add all ingredients to a large bowl. Whisk well until the sugar has dissolved and the spices are throughout. Pour barbecue sauce into an airtight jar and store in fridge (overnight) or freeze!

This sauce needs at least a few hours in the fridge before using.

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