Barbecue is probably one of the most delicious foods on the planet. I think we can pretty much all agree on that. So, while you can find some absolutely delicious and unique barbecue sauce flavors at just about any store, there’s really no beating making your own. But where do you start? Well, right here, of course!
Below, you’ll find my absolute favorite barbecue sauce recipe. This is a pretty basic recipe that my father has been using for years, and it’s pretty easy to substitute and shift around by adding more or less seasonings, different seasonings, or different mixtures like soy sauce or even mustard!
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 5 Tbsp light brown sugar
- 5 Tbsp sugar
- 1/2 Tbsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 tsp lemon juice
In a small pot, mix together the ketchup, water, apple cider vinegar, and Worchestershire sauce until you have an even consistency. Then, add the rest of the ingredients and stir until it’s combined. Bring mixture to a boil, then simmer on low heat for about an hour, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to six months.
Try it out and let me know what you think! Did you make any changes? Do you have an awesome recipe you want to share? Tell me in the comments below!