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Homemade Sweet Barbecue Sauce

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Homemade Sweet Barbecue Sauce is sweet, savory and delicious! It's like Sweet Baby Ray's just minus the high fructose corn syrup! Yields 3 cups or about 24 (2 tablespoon) servings.
Course Homemade Ingredients & Condiments
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, from scratch, homemade, sauce
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 24 servings
Calories 69
Author Laurie McNamara


  • cups ketchup
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup red wine vinegar see notes
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • cups dark brown sugar packed (see notes)
  • teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • teaspoons kosher salt more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Measure and add the ketchup, vinegar, worcestershire, sugar, mustard, paprika, salt and pepper into to a mixing bowl, preferably with a spout.
  • Whisk well until the sugar has dissolved and the spices are throughout.
  • Pour barbecue sauce into an air-tight jar(s) or container(s) and store it in your fridge. This allows the flavors to develop and meld. Overnight is best but at the least a few hours will do.
  • This sauce can also be frozen.


1/3 cup vingegar for a sweeter sauce and 1/2 cup for zippier, more vinegar style sauce. Packing the brown sugar is crucial so the vinegar is balanced, so if you feel the sauce is still too vinegary, add more dark brown sugar.
If stored in an air-tight jar, this sauce will last for 2 weeks if not longer.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg