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!

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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!

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

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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!

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

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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.


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

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

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And then a 1/2 cup red wine vinegar.

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Next add a tablespoon or so of Worcestershire sauce.

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

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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!

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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
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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150 Responses to “Homemade Sweet Barbecue Sauce”

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    Aarthi — September 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    This is one "No Cook" barbeque sauce…I love its simplicity and flavour…Normally i am not a fan of intensly boiled down barbeque sauce which takes so long to cook as well as requires tons of ingrediants….This one is my style and my favorite..Thanks for the recipe…:D


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    Laurie @simplyscratch — September 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I agree with you Aarthi, I love the fact that you don't have to saute this… and reduce that. It's simple and delicious!

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    Amy — September 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Just pinned this because I freaking LOVE Sweet Baby Ray's.

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — September 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I did too Amy!

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    Pretend Chef — September 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I am beyond giddy to give this recipe a try. I have all of the ingredients on hand and it has been added to my must make list. Itty Bitty loves BBQ sauce on everything. Can't wait. Simple recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    Melissa @ thefauxmartha — September 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Yes to the please. I will be making this!

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    Brigitt — September 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    This looks amazing and so thick! I make a special barbecue sauce that's my grandmother's. It's a bit thinner because hers is supposed to be cooked, but it has many of the same ingredients as your recipe. I'm gonna have to try this!

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    Cassie @ Bake Your Day — September 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I can't wait to make this. I live in Kansas City and my dad own's a BBQ restaurant so I love trying new things. This one sounds perfect!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    We like sweet baby ray's too so I'm sure this BBQ sauce is excellent! I've never thought to make it myself, but it seems pretty easy! How long do you think this would keep in the fridge?

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    Andrea the Kitchen Witch — September 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Sweet baby rays is one of my old favorites! I had to give it up due to the evil HFCS 🙁 But no more! Laurie saves the day!!!!! I'll be whipping up a batch of this soon. Like maybe today. Sweet no cook bbq sauce from pantry ingredients? AWESOME!

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    RavieNomNoms — September 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I never had baby ray's but this sure looks awesome. I love anything bbq haha

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    Bev Weidner — September 22, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I could go snorkeling in that sauce.

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    Christine's Pantry — September 23, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

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    Emily W — September 23, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Won't there still be lots of HFCS from the ketchup?

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — September 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    You can buy organic and all natural ketchup. 🙂

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — September 24, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Sweet Baby Rays is my favorite too, but now I think I'm lovin' Sweet Laurie Loo's! I have all of these ingredients in my house, I can't wait to try it!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — September 24, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Oooh you're gonna love it!

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    Lauren's Latest — September 24, 2011 at 3:58 am

    I think you actually start calling yourself Laurie Loo. That would be awesome!

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    Becky — September 26, 2011 at 2:09 am

    This is perfect! Many bottled bbq sauces contain wheat so this will be great for my little guy with a wheat allergy, as well as the rest of the family of course:-)

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    Ali — October 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Looks great. The sauce sounds sweet 🙂 I'll bookmark this page and try make my own sauce too. Great photos.

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    Cherry In Deficit — October 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Just whipped this up. Can't wait to try it in a couple hours on some chicken. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Anonymous — November 27, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I only have regular white vinegar – (and not much experience with using it) would that change the taste drastically/make it inedible?

    I also have actual red wine – does that help?

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — November 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Well I've never tried it. But I would say that their flavors are so different, in result could change the taste of this barbecue sauce. But maybe halve the recipe and try it so you don't waste all those ingredients. Hope this helps!

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    S.C. BBQ lover — January 21, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Just made the sauce and couldnt stop tasting it haha! Now to try it on chicken…. 🙂

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    Anonymous — February 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Made this sauce for some ribs this past weekend. The ribs disappeared with tons of compliments. While they were good, my "after dinner belch" self-evaluation included a hint of vinegar. I can't stand the taste or smell of vinegar – the stuff makes me retch. I recommend cutting the vinegar in half and adding part or all of the remaining 1/4 cup just one tbsp. at a time. Ketchup

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    Molly — February 28, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Yum! I decided I wanted to try a different pulled pork recipe this week and found myself without a full bottle of BBQ sauce to follow the recipe I picked out. This was so quick and easy to throw together and I can't wait to see how it tastes on the finished product!
    I substituted apple cider vinegar for red wine vinegar because it was all I had and it tastes great, I'll definitely

  27. #
    Anonymous — March 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Just made half a batch and it is excellent. My husband will be super impressed.

  28. #
    Domestic Diva — March 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Yum! I just made this and it's DELISH!

    Thanks (:

  29. #
    Sally — March 30, 2012 at 11:03 am

    We love Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce, too. I've checked the ingredients on the bottle, but haven't attempted to make it yet. The only thing I might do differently would be to substitute pineapple juice for the water.

    Pineapple juice concentrate is listed as an ingredient on the label and one copycat recipe I found had a comment from someone claiming to be Sweet Baby

  30. #
    Anonymous — March 31, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    too sweet!

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    Cali — April 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Oh my gosh!! I made this last night for my crock pot BBQ chicken and this recipe is awesome!! I don't think i will ever purchase BBQ sauce again. My 4yr old is very particular about her BBQ sauce and she loved it too. Thank you so my for sharing this recipe!!

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    Chris — May 1, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Loved this sauce. Had all the ingredients on hand. It's a good base to further spice up to your liking. I added a bit more salt, some crushed cayenne and dash of liquid smoke.

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    bobloomer — May 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Love this sauce!

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    SG — May 26, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Yes, I agree that this is REALLY sweet–I couldn’t even cut it with the addition of some cayenne pepper. Its also very thin and runny compared to a cooked sauce. May cook it down a bit and see what I can do.

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    kj — May 30, 2012 at 3:47 am

    I do plumbing work at Sweet Baby Rays outside of Chicago (is this the original place?) and when i go in the back with the ribs cooking slow slathered with their sauce i don’t ever want to leave.
    I made this BBQ sauce tonight and I am very impressed. Simple and tasty = elegant and elegant is so good. Great mathematicians strive for elegance there whole lives and some never achieve it. You have achieved elegance with this sauce.
    I reduced down to 1/4…converting all ingredients to tbsp and tsp made it easy.
    Thanks, and I will be exploring the rest of your site when I have time.
    BTW…you’re quite elegant yourself.

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    Shelley — May 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I just found this BBQ sauce on pinterest & I had all the ingredients on hand. Whipped some up & I’m in love. A quick and easy BBQ sauce.
    I also found a ketchup recipe via pinterest ( http://happyindolevalley.blogspot.com/2011/03/easy-peasy-homemade-ketchup.html ) that I used for the ketchup in this recipe. I don’t know if it’s the homemade ketchup but I did think the BBQ sauce was just a tad thin, so next time I will add the water at the end so I can adjst to my wants 🙂 BUT since I am using this BBQ sauce in my crockpot today being thin was perfect!! The taste of this is perfect!! I appreciate you sharing this recipe.
    BTW, I’m making BBQ chicken pizza/calzones for dinner tonight–yum yum!!

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    christianmotherof5 — July 24, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Sweet Baby Ray’s BBq is my very favorite. Just like you I want to get away from the Corn Syrup. What ketchup did you use? I have HFCS free hunts. Thanks so much for the post. I can’t wait to try it.

  38. #
    Amber Genise — August 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I was looking for a simple bbq recipe and here it is!

    I can’t wait to test it out next week!



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    Angela @ AnotherBitePlease — August 27, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Just came across your blog when I was looking for a shredded chicken bbq recipe. This recipe was such a bonus – no cook and SO delicious. Just loved the bbq sauce and your blog!

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    Laura Kirste Campbell — September 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I ran out of Sweet Baby Rays, my family’s favorite BBQ sauce, so I searched online for an alternative to make at home and found your recipe. It’s wonderful!! This is our new favorite BBQ sauce! Thanks so much for sharing and spreading the joy!

  41. #
    Alan P — September 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I just had a pork tenderloin in the crock pot with this recipe and made BBQ pulled pork… EXCELLENT!

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    Gramma D — September 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Never made homeade bbq sauce before. I tried this simple recipe with all the ingredients in house. I did subsitute spicy brown mustard, and apple cider vinegar, and my family loved it on the pulled pork made in the crockpot! I will use this recipe again and again

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    Tiana — September 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I made this today and it tastes fantastic. I do agree with some of the others that said it’s a little thin, but it tastes so good who cares. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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    Samantha — October 10, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I made this a while ago and my boyfriend and I both loved it SO much! I am moving away in about a month and I want to make him a big ol’ batch to have on hand – but I don’t know how long it lasts in the fridge vs. the freezer. Could you tell me how long it should last in both places approximately? Thanks again for this yummy sauce! We bake pork chops in it regularly!

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    Ann Bollman — October 13, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Just made this barbeque sauce recipe and grilled barbequed chicken, it was great!!

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    matt — October 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Stuff is great. I added some (with a stick blender) onion and red pepper flakes so it’s now very sweet initially, but has some heat on the backend. Sweet, tangy, then spicy. Perfect.

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    Karrie — November 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I can already tell I will love this! Thanks for sharing your gem! How long does it last in the fridge? Also, anyone knowledgable about canning it to store?

    • simplyscratch replied: — November 9th, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

      Hi Karrie! This bbq sauce will last in the fridge up to 2 weeks! I wish I could help you with the canning bit.. but I am clueless when it comes to canning 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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    Suzy — November 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    This really is an excellent and easy-to-make bbq sauce. I’m wondering one thing: could I omit the water? It’s just a tad thinner than I’d like it to be. Has anyone tried that?

    • simplyscratch replied: — November 25th, 2012 @ 1:07 am

      Absolutely, go ahead and cut out the water for a thicker sauce 🙂

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    Laurie — December 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I mixed this up today. Great combination of favors. It does taste like Sweet Baby Rays. My picky 11 year old son gave it a resounding thumbs up. I’m. Going to make pulled pork in the slow cooker and didn’t want to use a bottled sauce. So, thank you. And, great name!

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    Margo Prior — February 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Love Love Love this! Simple, Super easy to put together, ingredients out of my pantry and super scrumptious! Will make our baked BBQ chicken for tonite, extra yummy for superbowl sunday night!! THANK YOU!!

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    samcar1 — February 10, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Too, too, too much acid… the vinegar and the W’sauce are overpowering.

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    Anne — February 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    OMIGOSH! I’m ALL OVER this and the ketchup recipe! WOOHOO!!!

    • simplyscratch replied: — February 21st, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

      Thank you Anne! BTW did you know you won my Bodum giveaway? I sent you an email and I need to hear back from you by tomorrow afternoon or I’ll have to pick a new winner!! 🙂

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    Patty Cerney — March 5, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I made this last night with country style beef ribs. My family loved it! Bye bye Sweet Baby Rays! I halved the vinegar and didn’t add any water. It was perfect! My husband said he likes it better than SBR’s and he loves SBR’s! Thank you!

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    M Jazeel — March 16, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Just the right sauce ingredients i’ve been searching from last night.. Finally got the correct one.. Thanks for this wonderful recipe, i’m gonna have a great time enjoying my barbecue with this sauce 🙂

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    Jamie — March 29, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    found your site and this sauce when I was looking for a homemade BBQ sauce recipe. We love Sweet Baby Ray’s so I made this and it is delicious! Are you in Michigan? I noticed the Meijer ketchup. I’m in SE MI.

    • simplyscratch replied: — March 30th, 2013 @ 8:09 am

      Hi Jamie! Yup I live in northern Oakland County and I LOVE MEIJER!! High-five fellow Michigander!!

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    Dubturbo Download — April 26, 2013 at 7:05 am

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    Peter T. — May 20, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    How is it, that a recipe for ‘scratch’ barbecue sauce calls for KETCHUP?!?!?!? Jesus people.

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    d_rek — June 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Hello – Macomb, MI here! I found this recipe through a google search.

    It’s really a very simple recipe if you want to make some easy, tasty homemade BBQ. Yes, it may not be ‘from scratch’ but it is easy to make from ingredients you have laying around. Unfortunately I used the last of my paprika for some homemade BBQ rub yesterday.

    I added a tad extra Red Wine Vinegar to the recipe (about 1/4cup) because I like the extra bite of the vinegar. I also squeezed a little lemon in mine, which gives it a nice tartness as well.

    This is a great, easy to make BBQ sauce. I’ve made my own ‘kansas style’ sauce many years now but sometimes I just don’t have the time to simmer it and collect all of the ingredients. This fit the bill for today. Thanks!

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    Matt C — August 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    This is a very good basic sauce recipe. I did add some garlic and onion powder, cayenne pepper for a bit of heat, and a touch of honey. I only had light brown sugar and thought it could use a bit more sweet. I love that it doesn’t need to be cooked down. This will be my go-to for barbecue sauce. Thanks!

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    stacey — August 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

    What’s the shelf life for this recipe? I’m a busy mom so I like to prepare meals for my family & would much prefer NOT using processed/store brought items that I could prepare at home.

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 13th, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

      No longer than 2-3 weeks, but you could make a batch and freeze half. It freezes nicely!

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    Jenn Mc — August 24, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    This BBQ sauce is amazing!! I used it in my crockpot on some chicken and it was fantastic!!! I used apple cider vinegar and smoked paprika because that is what I had on hand. This will definitely be used in place of any store bought stuff. Thanks so much!!

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 25th, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

      I’m so glad Jenn! I love that stuff and to give it a little spicy twist add a chipotle and a little fresh garlic, yuM!

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    J. R. Heinz — September 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Ketchup has high-fructose corn syrup in it, you idiot.

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    stacey — September 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I made this BBQ sauce & it was easy & satisfying. I added my only niche by cutting the water down to 1/4c and adding 1/4 red wine and 1 cup of honey. My family loved it. NO MORE STORE BOUGHT SAUCE for my family.

    • simplyscratch replied: — September 27th, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

      That sounds amazing! Hmmm red wine ketchup… I like it!

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    Happy Belly — September 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I just made this and it’s delish! Thank you so much for sharing and BTW I can’t believe how rude some people are….over a BBQ sauce recipe…geez. Anyways, I loved the recipe and will forever be making my own BBQ sauce thanks to you 🙂

    • simplyscratch replied: — September 27th, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

      Happy Belly I’m so glad! I know… it’s amazing how passionate people are about ketchup! Glad you liked it 🙂

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    Paige — October 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

    We had this with dinner last night, delicious!


    • simplyscratch replied: — October 22nd, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

      That’s awesome Paige! I’m so glad 🙂

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    Nicole — November 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    This is perfect! I needed bbq sauce for a recipe and didn’t have any and your recipe was one of the first search results. I added a little liquid smoke for flavor and unfortunately didn’t have any worcestershire sauce on hand. Great recipe!

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    Timothy Turner — April 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    The first time I made it was 2 weeks from 4/20/14. And I must say the family love it. So I’m back at it again for Easter Sunday dimner.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 21st, 2014 @ 10:56 pm

      So glad to hear 🙂

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    Casey — April 30, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I am so glad that I looked for home made bbq sauce recipes and found this one first because now I need not waste time looking further. I had already saved your ketchup recipe, and I make my own Worcestershire sauce so I know every ingredient that goes into this will be organic and/or UNPROCESSED ingredients! I’ll be giving this out as gifts like I did with the W sauce. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And now I’m following you.

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    Karren — June 9, 2014 at 11:25 am

    This recipe worked very well for me because I make my ketchup, as well as other condiments, from scratch. I also found the recipe very easy to double. I substituted the light brown sugar and white vinegar I normally use for my ketchup recipe with the dark brown sugar, and red wine vinegar. I added all the ingredients to my slow cooker (set to low) and went to bed. The next morning I had a thick rich bbq sauce that was so delicious it only lasted a week in my house! Thanks so much!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 10th, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

      Glad to hear you liked it! High-five to making your own ketchup 🙂

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    BBQ Sonoma County — July 1, 2014 at 12:38 am

    This bbq sauce sounds amazing!

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    From Scratch — July 3, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Please don’t claim it’s from scratch, when you are using pre-made sauces such as Worcestershire sauce and ketchup.

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    Humphrey — July 13, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Thank you. This is great. I have to substitute the sugar with maple syrup/coconut sugar and works great. Also, Worchestershire with coconut aminos. It turn out to be awesome.

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    Sam — August 5, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Ketchup has a lot of high fructose corn syrup…. just wanted to point that out.

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    Gail Hinton — September 1, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Awesome recipe! I didn’t have ground mustard so I used regular yellow mustard. It was really good. It gave just the right bite to go with the sweetness. Also I did not add the water. No more store bought sauce for this family. Thanks for the recipe.

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    random creativity — October 8, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I have made this recipe 4 times already! It is great, and so easy since you don’t have to cook it. I substitute 1/2 tsp smoked paprika for a portion of the regular paprika, which adds another depth of flavor. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! 🙂

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    Grammie "B' — October 12, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Ditto to everything everyone said, except I’ll bet you didn’t know when you put this on line 3 yrs later you would be used by the Lord to bless a disabled old lady that was giving her last Harraah party . It was suppose to be 30 people
    turnes out so far to be 65 people.I don’t have any one to barbecue for me (they cancelled at the last minute. I don’t know how to grill so I was frantically looking on this thing they call the internet, and trying to get some help and somehow I got you. (NO SOME HOW ABOUT IT —ALL GOD.!!! AND I TOO LOVE SWEET BABY RAY’S. SO MAY OUR LIVING GOD TRULY BLESS YOU FOR BEING MY SPECIAL “COOKIN” ANGEL TO DAY. MY PARTY IS NEXT FRIDAY. NOW IF SEVERAL OF YOU COULD JUST TELL ME HOW TO FIND SOME FREE HELP WE WOULD REALLY HAVE A BASH ****

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    Rhonda — October 24, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you! Absolutely delicious. My daughter cannot eat any processed foods…they give her severe migraines. I am making everything from scratch and I do mean everything! My husband loves it! A+

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    Angela Hoffman — November 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I have made this so many times and I keep a batch in the freezer. It keeps very well. I will not ever buy any more store bought again!!

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    Holly — February 14, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe. It is now the only BBQ sauce I use. I never have to buy it again. 🙂

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    Paula — March 17, 2015 at 11:16 am

    I just made this today and it is sitting on my counter in expectation for pulled pork later this evening. It is delicious and so easy to make. The only difference I had was using apple cider vinegar and smoked paprika (which adds a nice smoky flavor). Thanks for the recipe.

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    Victor Johnson — May 15, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Looking at the end result, all I have to say is: Yes, please! But no, seriously, this really does look good and not all that difficult to slap together. Can’t wait to try this homemade barbecue sauce. If it tastes as good as it looks, it’s going to be a fun summer!

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    Sara — September 8, 2015 at 2:27 am

    i just made this to turn leftover carnitas into bbq pulled pork sandos and wow! Loved it! And my fiancé really loved it! It’s a keeper for sure. Glad I made the full recipe, just can’t decide whether to fridge or freeze it, better do both. Never buying-bought again–so nice to know where your food comes from 🙂
    P.S. I only had 1 cup of *organic* ketchup, so I made up the remaining 1/4 cup with sriracha. Worked out great! Added a nice kick to the existing zing.

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    Kristi — September 26, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Just finished making this recipe. It is the perfect thickness sauce. Unfortunately, It came out way too sweet for my taste. I wonder if there is a way to make it have a little more spicey sweet taste and less of the “way too sweet I can’t even eat it” taste!

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    Jason — October 19, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Very quicky to make and a Good start for a BBQ. It is a little too sweet for me and I love sweet. I added yellow mustard and additional vinegar.

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    Chelsea Wehrly — December 10, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Thanks for the quick and easy recipe! Super tasty and i think it will be a go to , instead of buying store bought.

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    Kat — January 6, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    This is the BBQ sauce I’ve been searching for my whole life. I never have to buy store stuff again. Woot! I’m no longer a slave to Sweet Baby Rays and they’re HFCS!

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    asdf — February 4, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    But you must use NATURAL KETCHUP because regular ketchup has HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP!! BEWARE!!!

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    Drawlee — April 24, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    I omitted the water and added a teaspoon of Liquid Smoke and thinking of cutting sugar down to 11/3 . It was delicious and smelled like Sweet Baby Rays . We also only had 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar. Hobby told me to write this one down

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    plasterers bristol — May 9, 2016 at 4:19 am

    Sounds delicious. be nice to have ago at making own. Thanks for sharing.


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    Ashley B — October 23, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I made this recipe about two weeks ago and my husband and son refuse to eat any other BBQ sauce! This is fantastic! Thanks for the great recipe

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — October 24th, 2016 @ 10:43 am

      That’s so great to hear! Thanks for coming back and leaving a review, Ashley! <3

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    HungryHeath — July 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I adapted your recipe to make my own sauce & have been making it for a few years now. Great site, thanks for the tips.

  92. #
    Ronnie — July 25, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Doesn’t the ketchup have high fructose corn syrup in it?

  93. #
    Michael screen — August 8, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    I want to buy your BBQ sauce send me a sample my name is Michael screen

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 16th, 2017 @ 9:28 am

      Sorry, Michael, it’s not for sale.

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    Maren Brown — December 17, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    I want to apologize on behalf of all the trolls behaving badly in the comments section. Especially the ones who kept harping on ketchup after you clarified. I love your restraint and good nature! Can’t wait to try your sauce!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — December 21st, 2017 @ 12:17 pm

      No need to apologize, Maren! I honestly don’t get too many of those type of comments. 🙂 But thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the recipe! ❤️

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    Lynn — January 18, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Easy sauce – I “quartered” it for my needs. Accidentally put in double the amount of vinegar, but it was perfect for our tastes. Glad I heeded the advice to let it sit a few hours before using – definitely made a difference in flavors. VERY GOOD!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — January 20th, 2018 @ 9:53 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Lynn!

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    MomCarole — March 17, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    I have been looking for an exceptional bbq recipe for years and finally found it. The only tweak that I made was to add a little bit of liquid smoke. I cannot wait to try it out on my bbq ribs. Thank you so much to my new favorite chef!!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 18th, 2018 @ 8:42 am

      I’m so happy to hear it! Thank you for taking the time to make the recipe ❤️

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    Ed Matthews — December 31, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Use HUNTS ketchup 100% tomato goodies, NO off the wall ingredients added. #2 Omit the salt and use 3 Anchovies. Another secret to great sauce. I make my own sauces now…….no more store bought sauce.
    Semper Fi 66′- 77563

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    Angela — February 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    I just made this again today. We have been using your recipe for quite a while now. It’s a definite go to. Super bowl Sunday here we go!


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