Homemade Barbecue Sauce - Packed With Flavour,
Perfect For Dipping or Coating Your Meat

If you often buy BBQ sauce, why not just have a go at a making your own homemade barbecue sauce? Once you have a few basic ingredients, it's super simple to do and will far exceed in taste any commercial sauce. A blend of tomato sauce/ketchup and dried herbs and spices that can be made in minutes thatcan be used as a dip or coated on your meat. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

What You'll Need:
 (makes about 

Tomato ketchup/sauce (i used about 500ml)
3 tbsp worcester sauce (or worcestershire or soy)
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1-2 tbsp molasses (or brown sugar)
2 tbsp dried basil
2 tbsp smoked paprika (or any paprika)
2 tbsp butter or oil (for frying)
1 tbsp chili powder (hot or mild)
2 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp ginger powder
1 small onion finely chopped
Salt (if needed)

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Place a pan on your stove and heat and once hot, add the butter/oil
  • Add the onions and stir over a medium heat
  • Add the chili powder and stir in with the onions
  • Once the onions have softened stir in the tomato sauce
  • Now stir in the molasses (or sugar), cider vinegar and worcester sauce, basil, ginger, paprika and mustard powders
  • Once everything is nicely combined, add the lid, turn down the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes
  • After 15 minutes stir and taste and if needed add some salt
  • Finally, replace the lid and simmer for 5 more minutes, turn off the heat and it's ready

Store your homemade BBQ sauce in a sealed container in the fridge. Use within 4-5 days.

Salt Note: I added salt towards the end as some ketchup/sauces are saltier than others, so test and add as much as you need.

Thickening note: As you cook it will reduce slightly in volume, so if you prefer it thicker, just simmer for a bit longer, or, add a thickener like cornflour.

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A Step-by-Step Instructional Video

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Why You Should Make Your Own...

Of course it's easy and convenient to pop to the store and pick up a jar of commercial sauce; but here's a few reasons to make your own...

  • Much more flavour than store-bought sauces that will be transferred to your grilled meat
  • You decide what is added. Not keen on a certain ingredient? Leave it out completely or just use another. So basically you can experiment and decide what is added not the manufacturer
  • No artificial colours, additives or preservatives. And If you're able to source organic ingredients your homemade barbecue sauce recipes will be free of pesticides and GMO's!

After Making Your Homemade Barbecue Sauce You May Enjoy...

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Flavouring Chicken

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Seasonings For Game,
Turkey and Chicken

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