Tasty Homemade BBQ Sauce recipe is a lot easier to make than you'd think! Plus, this even has an extra dose of veggies for flavor and nutrients.
It's easy and delicious.
Store-bought BBQ Sauce is perfectly wonderful, but nothing beats a homemade sauce.
In the past month, I've already made two batches of BBQ sauce, and I've been having the best meals:
I hope I've now convinced you to make your own BBQ sauce. If anything, it can be fun to make homemade versions of things you usually buy in a store.
How to make Homemade BBQ Sauce
You start by sautéing the onion. Then you add everything else and simmer for about an hour. Once that's cooked for a while, you'll remove the pot from the heat and use an immersion blender to blend the onion completely into the sauce.
You can also use a regular blender, but be careful. I like to let it cool for a little bit; then when you are blending, remove the center part of the blender top and cover with a kitchen towel. This will allow steam to escape.
Cook it for about 10 more minutes to make sure all the flavors mix together.
- What's great about sautéing the onion before you make the sauce is that it'll give your bbq sauce a little more sweetness and depth without having to add extra sugar.
- You can use honey or maple syrup in place of the brown sugar if desired.
- If you are trying to make this dairy-free, gluten-free, or vegan be sure to check the labels of your ingredients.
Homemade BBQ Sauce
- ½ tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
- 1 large red onion or white onion, diced
- 8 oz can no salt added tomato sauce
- 6 oz can tomato paste
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ⅓ cup molasses
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar or honey
- 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon curry powder
- ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
- ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
- In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onion until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.
- Whisk remaining ingredients into the saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, and turn down heat to medium-low. Simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat. Blend sauce together using an immersion blender (or regular blender but be careful), making sure that all of the onion is blended into the sauce. Whisk sauce together. Return saucepan to medium-low heat, and cook an additional 10 minutes.
- Taste sauce, and adjust seasonings as needed. Allow the sauce to cool slightly before storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The sauce will last up to 2 weeks in a refrigerator and about 1-2 months frozen. Enjoy!