Quick and easy homemade barbecue sauce - ready in 5 minutes.
Quick and easy homemade barbecue sauce – ready in 5 minutes.

I have to admit that I became quite panicked this past weekend when we had planned a family get together and discovered that the canning pantry was empty of the homemade barbecue sauce that we canned last fall.  I had no idea that we had gone through all of the jars between using it in recipes around the house and of course, giving them away to family and friends.

So instead of fighting the crowds at the store on a holiday weekend just to purchase barbecue sauce, I scavenged through our cabinets to see what I could throw together.

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Adding the quick and easy barbecue sauce to the chicken made for no leftovers.

Normally, when we can our own barbecue sauce, we will use fresh ingredients from the garden.  Since it isn’t time to harvest bushels of tomatoes or pull bunches of onions out of the soil, we had to use the next best thing, ingredients that are commonly found around the house.

We were lucky enough to have a jar of our homemade hot and spicy ketchup on hand that I could use instead of store-bought ketchup – but either would work fine. What I ended up with was a barbecue sauce that is very similar in taste to that of the Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce.  And yes, I was very happy with that!

INGREDIENTS:

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Instead of traditional ketchup, I used our hot and spicy ketchup that we canned last fall.

3/4 cup Honey

3/4 cup Molasses

1-1/4 cups Ketchup

1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

2-1/2 teaspoons Ground Mustard

2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika

1-1/2 teaspoons Kosher Salt

1 teaspoon Black Pepper

**For those who don’t have or prefer not to use honey – eliminate the honey and molasses and use 1 – 1/2 cups of Dark Brown Sugar and add 1/2 cup of water.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Simply mix all ingredients with a whisk until all the spices are incorporated.
Simply mix all ingredients with a whisk until all the spices are incorporated.

Mix all ingredients into a bowl and whisk until spices are incorporated into the liquid.  You can use this sauce immediately or refrigerate or freeze.  Makes approximately 4 cups.

I placed my extra barbecue sauce in small 3/4 cup glass jars, froze, and then sealed them with the food saver for use later in the summer.

You can also use this sauce as a marinade, dipping sauce, or just eat it directly off of the spoon – it is THAT good!

Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

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Homemade Barbecue Sauce - Ready in 5 minutes
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup Honey
  2. 3/4 cup Molasses
  3. 1-1/4 cups Ketchup
  4. 1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  5. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  6. 2-1/2 teaspoons Ground Mustard
  7. 2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
  8. 1-1/2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  9. 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients into a bowl and whisk until spices are incorporated into the liquid. You can use this sauce immediately or refrigerate or freeze.
Notes
  1. For those who don't have or prefer not to use honey - eliminate the honey and molasses and use 1 - 1/2 cups of Dark Brown Sugar and add 1/2 cup of water.I placed my extra barbecue sauce in small 3/4 cup glass jars, froze, and then sealed them with the food saver for use later in the summer.
  2. You can also use this sauce as a marinade or dipping sauce.
  3. Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms
Old World Garden Farms http://oldworldgardenfarms.com/

11 thoughts on “Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe – In Just 5 Minutes…No Simmering Required

  • January 26, 2014 at 12:09 pm
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    Can this be placed in a hot water bath? If so, how long would you process it for? Thanks

  • July 3, 2013 at 2:40 am
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    I’m wondering…there is a bbq sauce that I get from up north (NOT the U.P.!) in Michigan, they put tart cherries in their bbq sauce and it is awesome! They sell it along with several other canned cherry products…Just for arguments sake, if I did add tart cherries to this and wanted to can it for later use how long should I put it in a hot water bath for? Would it be the same amount of time as a person would use for canning cherry jam or preserves? btw the not the U.P. thing is for the U-pers, there is a disticntion, but we love each other anyway, since we are all Michiganders. lol

  • June 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm
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    Why did you use the food sealer after you froze the sauce in glass jars? Was it in case the jars broke?

  • May 31, 2013 at 3:21 pm
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    I’ve saved this to pass on to my sons, both of whom love to barbecue. Thanks!

  • May 31, 2013 at 9:34 am
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    I’ll have to make some! Store stuff often has HFCS as first ingredient, so I had stopped buying it.

    • June 2, 2013 at 7:39 am
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      That is the main reason that I like to make my own. You can find organic ketchup and Worcestershire sauce without HFCS to use in this recipe.

  • May 31, 2013 at 9:31 am
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    This not only looks delicious, but sounds delish as well, just a little confused – did you use 1 jar of your homemade ketchup and add the ingredients listed or were just sharing the homemade ketchup recipe and the listed ingredients are the sauce you made?

    • June 2, 2013 at 7:37 am
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      I used my jar of homemade ketchup in place of the ketchup listed in the ingredients. I just shared the recipe in case anyone was interested in making their own ketchup someday.

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