Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

I Made My Own BBQ Sauce!

1 WWPP Posted by 3 years ago 6 Comments

And I love it!

It’s homestyle for sure. Chunky, yummy and sweet but I’m shocked how easy it was and now I’m excited to try other combinations and even fresher ingredients.

I have been on a hunt for a good BBQ sauce for ages but everything in the grocery store is crap. Is it just me or is it impossible to find a brand that doesn’t list high fructose corn syrup as of the top 3 ingredients? I mean, I’m not 100% anti-corn syrup. I don’t think a small amount here or there will kill me but the main ingredient? Really? When I use BBQ sauce I want to smother, dip, slather and drench my meats in something that not only tastes good but is made with ingredients that at least have some redeemable qualities.

So I took matters into my own hands and threw a bunch of stuff in a pot, crossed my fingers, and BAM!

Holding jar of Homemade BBQ sauce

Yup, I saved an old BBQ sauce jar so I could use it to store my own. Smart, right? Actually I have a whole cupboard of saved glass jars I just can’t seem part with. One day they shall all find a use!

Anyway, I don’t think my first stab at homemade BBQ sauce is going to win any awards but it’s yummy and easy. I hope it inspires you to have a little fun in the kitchen and leave those bottles of high fructose corn syrup at the store. Next time I may cut back a little on the molasses and syrup just to see if I can get away with reducing the sugar content even more because this first attempt was pretty sweet.

That being said, the family loved it on chicken the other night.

homemade BBQ sauce on chicken dinner

I even used a little extra on the side for dipping!

Jar of Homemade BBQ Sauce

What can I say? I’m a dipper.

More about dinner later.

Here’s what I did to make the sauce…

  • 16 oz jar of tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Put everything in a pot over medium-high heat.

Side note: Smoked paprika has changed my life! I finally found some at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago as it seems my local grocery stores never carry it.

Homemade BBQ sauce step 1

Whisk and bring to a slow boil.

Homemade BBQ sauce step 2

Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

I let it cool in the pot and then transferred to my jar.

The next day I decided to use it on a cut-up chicken.

Homemade BBQ sauce on chicken

And went with the indirect grilling method.

Homemade BBQ chicken on grill

I put the chicken on one side of the grill over no flame and then turned the other side on high. This is how I grill when I don’t want to babysit it.

After 1 hour…

Homemade BBQ chicken done on grill

I served with baked potatoes and grilled asparagus — both a family favorite!

homemade BBQ sauce on chicken dinner

Tonight I’m going to use it on a pork loin! I’ll let you know how it goes. :)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
16 About 2 tbsp
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
50 0g 1g old: 1 new: 1
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
5g 0g 11g 1g

See other recipes using: cumin, maple syrup, molasses, smoked paprika, tomato

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    Charline L

    May 14, 2014

    I finally found some without ANY HFCS the other day. So excited. It's this one. might only be available in Canada.


    May 14, 2014

    This looks amazing, and I'm sure it's delicious. My favorite BBQ sauce has all natural ingredients, is local (for me), and I think you can buy it where you are these days, especially if you have a Wegmans nearby! This is the link, if you're interested: Yours looks great, though!


    May 14, 2014

    Have you tried Trader Joe's South African Smoke Seasoning Blend? I love it and have found it makes a nice simple sauce with just a bit of olive oil. I just used it tonight to make a smoky chick pea and veggie meal.


    May 15, 2014

    This sounds delicious. Can not wait to try it. I too am sick of all the high fructose corn syrup. Thanks for sharing!


    May 29, 2014

    When you make homemade sauces like this (or things like your own nut butter) what do you use for the shelf life of these things? I'm guessing since there are no preservatives the shelf life is much lower than a store bought sauce but I wasn't sure what a safe estimate would be. Any thoughts you have on this would be great! :)


      May 30, 2014

      I would say a few weeks unless you freeze it. To be honest, I'm pretty lax on this kind of thing. Unless it smells or there's mold on it then I assume it's still good. I just finished this had this week so it didn't last in my fridge for me than 2 weeks. :)