Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Halfway through making my favorite shredded BBQ chicken I ran out of the Bullseye BBQ sauce (oh no)! I was home with the kids and had no way to get to the grocery store, so getting another bottle of Bullseye was a no-go. Then I thought of something: what if I made my own homemade BBQ sauce?!

In times like these, we must be crafty and creative! So I ruffled through my pantry and found a few simple ingredients that most of us have in our pantries right now. And within 10 minutes I tasted the yummiest, tangiest, and fanciest barbecue sauce I’ve ever tried! Trust me guys, it is that simple!

It’s easy to be skeptical, because honestly I was pretty skeptical myself when I started putting the ingredients together. I thought to myself “here we go, my first shot at homemade BBQ sauce; hopefully my husband will still eat it!” Well we were both pleasantly surprised, and when you try this homemade BBQ recipe, you’ll never buy another bottle of BBQ sauce at the store again!

What You Need:

2 cups ketchup

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 tbsp Coco Aminos marinade sauce


1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 tbsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp olive oil


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk together. Heat up 1 tsp of olive oil in a pan.

Homemade bbq sauce easy recipe
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Pour out the sauce into the hot pan and bring to a boil. Then simmer for 10 minutes stirring frequently.

Homemade bbq sauce recipe easy simple
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Oh my goodness- I can’t believe how good this homemade BBQ sauce is for how easy it is to make!

Easy homemade bbq recipe
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Simple homemade bbq sauce recipe
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You may have some questions about this recipe, like:

What is Worcestershire sauce? (What a mouthful!) Worcestershire sauce was created by John Wheeley Lea and William Henry Perrins in Worcestershire, England. Worcestershire sauce is a fermented condiment, most commonly known for pouring over steaks and adding to hamburgers. Worcestershire sauce adds a distinct umami background flavor to dishes, and works beautifully in our homemade BBQ sauce.

What is Coco Aminos sauce? Coco Aminos is a sauce that is salty and savory, made with sea salt and sap from coconut palm, that has been fermented. But how does Coco Aminos taste? Well much like Worcestershire sauce, it has a salty umami flavor. It’s used for marinating foods, and is a soy sauce replacement containing much less sodium than the former.

What is umami? Umami is one of the five basic tastes; umami is savory. Best described, umami tastes like cooked meats, fermented foods, and savory broths. Since Worcestershire sauce and Coco Aminos both have this savory taste, either sauce may be used in the homemade barbecue sauce recipe.

Now we can smother our favorite meats like chicken, ribs, or pulled pork in this stuff and be totally amazed that it only took 10 minutes to make, and as we know homemade is always best!

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