Easy Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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Sweet and tangy, this BBQ sauce is perfect for ribs, burgers, and chicken. It's not too hot, so kids tend to like it. To raise the heat level, add cayenne pepper, Tabasco sauce, or red pepper flakes.
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Servings: varies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup vinegar, preferably cider or wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, or more
  • 1 tablespoon canola or other mild vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
Directions
PREP
5 mins
COOK
5 mins
READY IN
10 mins
  • Mix all ingredients together and simmer for about 5 minutes to blend the flavors.
  • When covered, it will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks or more.
Note: To raise the heat level, add cayenne pepper, Tabasco sauce, hot sauce, or red pepper flakes.
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Easy Barbecue Sauce Recipe Reviews

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chiefcharlie User
Rating of 5 out of 5.0 stars
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"I usually make my own sauce but it always is a little different each time I make it. I come across this recipe, which has about the same ingredients as I use, so I thought I would try it. It was terrific and now I have a recipe to go by each time."
luvinglife User
Rating of 5 out of 5.0 stars
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"I only used 1/4 cup brown sugar according to Smilingogre's Review and it was just sweet enough. Loved this on our grilled chicken last night. We have some leftover of the sauce and the chicken so I am going to make BBQ chicken pizza with it. Can't wait!"
RTMember23 User
Rating of 5 out of 5.0 stars
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"Great barbecue sauce for chicken or ribs. I just used it for some ribs and we loved it."
sassypants User
Rating of 5 out of 5.0 stars
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"I took GabriELLA's advice and only used half the vinegar. I don't ever have liquid smoke either. We loved it, too, on our pork chops."
cook2cook User
Rating of 5 out of 5.0 stars
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"This is the barbecue sauce recipe I used when I made the grilled chicken thigh recipe. It was simple to make and it was excellent on the grilled chicken."
GabriELLA User
Rating of 4 out of 5.0 stars
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"I needed a barbecue sauce for chicken so I tried this recipe but I only used half of the vinegar that was called for. It turned out excellent, just the way we like it. I'm glad I didn't use all the vinegar."
FredO User
Rating of 5 out of 5.0 stars
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"This BBQ sauce was great on grilled chicken thighs. I didn't have any liquid smoke but did use a pinch of cayenne to kick the heat up a tad."
Michael Wayne User
Rating of 5 out of 5.0 stars
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"This is a great base recipe for barbecue sauce. I always like to experiment and adjust ingredients. The key is to taste often and add or modify amounts a little at a time. Great go to recipe."
RTMember20351
Rating of 4 out of 5.0 stars
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"Magic, just what this boy needed."
cottought
Rating of 4 out of 5.0 stars
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"The great thing about making your own is that you can tweak it however you want"
Edjoub
Rating of 4 out of 5.0 stars
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"This is just what I was looking for an easy sauce that is basic and can allow addition in ingredients."
RTMember18835
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"Tasty and easy! A good and quick recipe."
nikki77609
Rating of 5 out of 5.0 stars
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"Awesome easy and very tasty recipe!"
nikki77609
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"Thanks a ton for this recipe..was in a quite a pinch had already started my pork ribs in the crock pot and then oh no!!! I had no bbq sauce! Made this recipe in a jiffy added some Franks hot sauce for a lil tiny bite and the best bbq sauce I have had in quite sometime. Thanks so much for saving dinner :)"
HeyDude User
Rating of 5 out of 5.0 stars
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"I always make my own creations and this was a good place to start, great recipe. I added some "hot stuff" so it was more to my liking. I may share the base recipe, but the added stuff isn't going anywhere."
sweetiemagic
Rating of 5 out of 5.0 stars
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"I used balsamic vinegar instead because I didn't have the other(s)and it was great, everyone loved this sauce =) Thank you for the great, easy recipe =)"
laurensmylie
Rating of 5 out of 5.0 stars
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"This sauce got me out of a pinch during a blizzard when I had made a pulled bbq chicken recipe and didn't have enough sauce. I am SO glad it happened, bc it was great. My fiance and his snowed-in friend LOVED it, and it was super easy! Thanks so much!"
Smilingogre
Rating of 4 out of 5.0 stars
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"Good base recipe, though I would cut back on the sugar some, it tends to be a tad sweet."
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