Store bought BBQ sauce can be filled with high calorie sugars and additives.  This homemade BBQ sauce tastes better than some of the store bought sauces you can find, and its really simple to make.  Try it and you will understand what I mean.

Spoonful of homemade bbq sauce shown over the jar with a clove of garlic in the foreground.

I am a sauce lover.  Any type of condiment, I want some of it.  I put this bbq sauce on almost everything – burgers, fries, chicken nuggets….anything.  

Open jar of bbq sauce.

Yes, you can read the labels but who really has time to do that when you grocery shop?  I don’t.

Ingredients For Homemade BBQ Sauce

Ingredients assembled for homemade bbq sauce.

But you know what?  It’s easy to make your own sauce.  This homemade BBQ sauce can be made in about 10 -15 minutes. 

While the ingredient list might look intimidating, it is very simple to throw together. Both the molasses and maple syrup can be substituted with honey if you don’t have those ingredients to hand.

Yes, the store bought versions are convenient, but making my own gives me a peace of mind that I don’t get with those store bought sauces.  PS – they are also very expensive.  

Making my own can save us so much money.  Plus if I make it myself, I know exactly what is in it.  You should try this homemade marinara sauce – no sugar in it!

Storage Instructions

Serve immediately or allow to cool and store in the refrigerator for about a week. It should last quite a bit longer than that due to the vinegar content, but you can never be too careful.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Dash of Herbs
Store bought BBQ sauce is filled with unwanted additives.  This homemade BBQ sauce tastes better than some of the store bought sauces you can find.  Try it and you will understand what I mean.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 38 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-sized pot, add the olive oil, garlic and onion. Cook until the onion is soft and translucent.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients including the spices and bring to a boil.
  • Once it's boiling, lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until everything has combined.
  • Serve immediately or allow to cool and store in the refrigerator for about a week.

Notes

You can use sugar free syrup if you want if you want to reduce the sugar value of the recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 38kcalCarbohydrates: 8.5gProtein: 0.7gFat: 0.5gSaturated Fat: 0.1gFiber: 0.8gSugar: 6.8g
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4 Comments

  1. Thank you. It’s so good and fairly easy to make too.

  2. I love barbecue sauce and have been looking for a healthy recipe for ages ! Thanks for sharing this one 🙂

  3. Sorry about that! I changed it to sugar free syrup. And I made a note at the bottom about using pure maple syrup and how that might affect the SmartPoint value. Hopefully that helps make it clearer.

  4. sugar free maple syrup? …… artificial?

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