Easy BBQ Sauce
A quick and easy homemade bbq sauce recipe that incorporates condiments from your fridge – ketchup, mustard, sriracha – and elevates them.
This super-duper easy homemade bbq sauce is a simple way to elevate your condiments. The story goes like this — Patty and I were in the kitchen, readying up some spicy Italian sausages for the grill.
We weren’t doing a recipe. It was a day off of our Madness duties, and I didn’t think anyone would be interested in a couple of basic grilled Italians. I didn’t have sauce prepared other than the homemade honey-beer mustard that I hope to post soon.
We were just going to go with the standard ketchup and mustard, and for me, a bit of sriracha. I like my Italians with mustard and a splash of sriracha or some other hot sauce. So! Patty, as she likes to do, tosses out a challenge.
“You should do a recipe with these condiments.” My first thought was, “WHAT? Are you nuts?” But, being one who does not like to back down from a challenge, it got my wheels turning, and Patty flat out knew that would happen.
The result? This bbq sauce recipe.
I’m calling it a bbq sauce because it tastes like a bbq sauce, but it’s more in the generic sense that it is an all-purpose sauce that goes with anything barbecued. It would totally work on burgers of any kind – turkey, beef, chorizo – over brats, Italian sausages, simple hot dogs, even slathered over chicken.
You can easily vary up the ratios of the condiments – a little less ketchup, a little more sriracha, a different type of mustard – for different flavors, but the end result is surprising. Plus, it really is super-duper easy to make. I had this ready in 10 minutes once I thought of it. Next time, though, I might add in a ghost pepper for myself. Oh baby!
It’s grilling season here, and we only get that for about 3 months so I’m constantly wanting to grill as much as possible. I’m very excited because I’m putting this sauce into a squeeze bottle to use all summer long. In fact, I’m brining it to a friend’s 4th of July BBQ party this weekend. I thought it should be called a “Bun Sauce” or maybe “Grilled Meat Sauce”. Pretty much any grilled meat or anything you can put on a but would be great for this sauce.
Try Some of My Other Popular BBQ Sauce Recipes
- Chipotle-Bacon-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
- Peach-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
- Spicy Honey BBQ Sauce
- Ancho BBQ Sauce
- South Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce
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- ¾ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup spicy mustard
- 2 tablespoons sriracha
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 shallot minced
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to a pot and heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low.
Simmer 10 minutes.
Cool and use it on anything from burgers to hot dogs to chicken to ribs to brats…