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19 June 2020

This quick and easy homemade bbq sauce recipe is huge on flavor and so easy to make with ketchup, apple cider vinegar, lots of seasonings. It’s sweet and tangy with a touch of heat.

This super-duper easy homemade bbq sauce is a simple way to elevate your condiments. There are many ways to cook up a good bbq sauce recipe, but this is probably the easiest of them all.

All you need are a few seasonings, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and a few condiments out of the fridge. Stir them to together, heat them up and boom! You have yourself a simple homemade bbq sauce that is the perfect combination of tangy and sweet and spicy, and it’s perfect of anything.

It’s so much better than anything you’ll get at the store, too, because you control everything that goes into it. Who knew you could make such a great bbq sauce with ketchup, mustard and sriracha? You can! And it’s so good.

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

Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce in a bowl

Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce Ingredients

  • ¾ cup ketchup (use can use tomato sauce as well)
  • ¼ cup spicy mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha (optional, for a touch of heat and zing)
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce – the Recipe Method

  • Add all of the ingredients to a pot and heat to medium heat.  Stir to combine.
  • 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…

Stirring the bbq sauce in the pan

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 easy bbq sauce!

Serve it up on anything from the grill, like grilled chicken wings to grilled pork chopsgrilled chicken, so much more. I love it for pulled pork, too.

Swirling the bbq sauce in the pan

Recipe Tips and Notes

  • Ratios. 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.
  • Variations. 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.
  • The Heat Factor. You’ll get a nice touch of heat from the sriracha, though you can skip it if you’d prefer a milder bbq sauce. If you’d like more heat, add in your favorite hot sauce, or incorporate a spicy chili powder like cayenne pepper. I like to add in a bit of ghost pepper powder for myself. Great stuff!

Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce on a spoon, ready to serve

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.

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, especially when we’re grilling chicken.

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 BBQ Sauce on a spoon

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy my easy bbq sauce recipe. Super easy, isn’t it? I think it’s time to fire up that grill! Get to cooking! Make an extra large batch of the bbq sauce and use it all week long.

Try Some of My Other Popular BBQ Sauce Recipes

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Easy BBQ Sauce

A quick and easy bbq sauce recipe you can make at home that incorporates condiments from your fridge - ketchup, mustard, sriracha - and elevates them.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq, bbq sauce, recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 62kcal


  • ¾ cup ketchup (or use tomato sauce)
  • ¼ cup spicy mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Add all ingredients to a pot and heat. Stir to incorporate. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer 10 minutes.
  • Cool and use it on anything from burgers to hot dogs to chicken to ribs to brats…



Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 507mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

NOTE: This recipe was updated on 6/11/20 to include new photos, information and video. It was originally published on 7/1/15.