Simple Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

Tired of bottled BBQ sauce that just doesn't "WOW" you anymore? Give this simple homemade BBQ sauce recipe a try! Just 3 steps! Texan approved!
Author Stacy Barr


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper optional


  • Combine all of the ingredients to a medium saucepan.
  • Heat the saucepan over medium heat and stir to combine making sure that the brown sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Once the brown sugar is dissolved, continue heating over medium heat until you’ve got a hard simmer. Reduce your heat to low and simmer for 1 minute or until thick.


Add the vinegar last making sure that you watch for splashes.
This sauce will burn easily so be sure that you stir or whisk it often to keep that from happening.