Homemade BBQ Sauce

Contributor: Tawnie Kroll

You’ve found it! The BEST Homemade BBQ sauce that has the perfect balance of sweet and smokey flavor.

  • Author: Tawnie Kroll, RDN
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp. liquid smoke (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer until sauce thickens, about 30 minutes. Stir frequently to make sure it doesn’t burn to the bottom.


You can always add in cornstarch to make it thicker if you want. You’ll combine 2 tablespoons corn starch with 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl, mix, and then whisk into the bbq sauce until thick.