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Close up of glossy red barbecue sauce on a small wooden spoon, above a jar holding more sauce.
5 from 3 votes

Easy BBQ Sauce

Smoky, sweet and tangy, my quick and easy homemade BBQ sauce recipe is far better than anything you can buy in a bottle because it's made just the way you like it!
Servings: 16 portions
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins


  • 240 g tomato ketchup
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp white wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce


  • dash chilli sauce - to taste
  • ½ tsp liquid smoke


  • Throw all the ingredients into a saucepan. Then give it a good stir.
  • Bring to a simmer on the lowest heat, stirring all the time. As you stir, take care to scrap the sides and bottom of the pan so it doesn't catch and burn.
  • Your BBQ sauce is ready once it has reduced down to about the same volume and thickness of the ketchup you started with. It will be glossy and coat the back of a spoon.


The barbecue sauce will keep in jar in the fridge for a couple of weeks, or can be frozen. 
When frozen the BBQ does not freeze solid so make sure it is kept upright, or in a leak proof container.  
Using a reasonable quality ketchup will give far better results, it is not the time for a sad, thin, watery, vinegary cheap version.  
The sauce is thick and as it cooks it will splatter.  Cook over a low heat stirring all the time. 
Nutritional Information 
  • This recipe is worth 2 Weight Watchers Smart Points per portion 
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 27kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg