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1 July 2015

A quick and easy bbq sauce recipe you can make at home 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.

Let’s talk about how we make it, shall we? Whips up super fast.

Easy BBQ Sauce Recipe – How to Make It

First, gather up the following ingredients:

  • 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

To make it, add all of the ingredients to a pot and heat to medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low and bring to a simmer.

Simmer for 10 minutes.

Cool and use it on anything from burgers to hot dogs to bbq chicken to ribs to brats…

BOOM! That’s it! Very easy, right? The easiest bbq sauce in the world you can make, and it tastes quite awesome considering its simplicity. Awesome basic barbecue sauce!

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!

Recipe Notes and Tips

Feel free to vary up the recipe ingredient ratios to your preference. If you like more ketchup, add a bit more in. Less mustard? Use less, or just omit it.

You can also incorporate other easily found ingredients from your refrigerator. Other popular additions include Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, liquid smoke, hot sauce, soy sauce, mustard powder, onion powder, garlic powder, smoke paprika, red pepper flakes for some heat, and more.

This recipe is so quick and easy to make your own. Feel free to experiment. There’s nothing like a good homemade barbecue sauce.

Patty’s Perspective

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 bringing 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.

Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe in a bowl, ready to serve

Try Some of My Other Popular BBQ Sauce Recipes

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Easy BBQ Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A quick and easy bbq sauce recipe you can make at home that incorporates condiments from your fridge - ketchup, mustard, sriracha - and elevates them.

Course: Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq, bbq sauce, recipe
Calories: 376 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a pot and heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low.
  2. Simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Cool and use it on anything from burgers to hot dogs to chicken to ribs to brats…
Nutrition Facts
Easy BBQ Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 376 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 3040mg127%
Potassium 832mg24%
Carbohydrates 80g27%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 65g72%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 925IU19%
Vitamin C 30.7mg37%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

2 comments

  1. T.R. Cody

    sriracha sauce is manufactured by Huy Fong Foods, Inc. out of Rosemead, CA. It’s a Chinese condiment about as popular as Tabasco here in the States. If you go to any Asian restaurant in the UK and ask for it, they should have it. Their website is http://www.huyfong.com

  2. Carol Crow

    What is sriracha? I’ve never heard of it. And in the UK whereI live now, is not in the grocery stores either. Is this something you made up or commercial? Love your site, I’ll be back often…

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