How to Make BBQ Sauce at Home? – Here Come 7+ Common Recipes

Fresh meat, raw fruits, and vegetables on the grills taste great by themselves. However, that is only for amateur grill party hosts as the old days.

Carolina bbq sauce

Your BBQ party will never be completed without having the right sauce! Thus, if you do not know how to make BBQ sauce at home or you want to improve your current recipe, try these 7 following recipes.

Indeed, they never disappoint our guests – not a single time!

But First, What Are Your BBQ Styles?

The science of BBQ is truly rich, and in the US only, there are a dozen BBQ styles. Each has different sauces to try out. For that reason, you must know your preferred styles before you shop for the sauce’s ingredients.

Just to name a few.

Carolina barbecue

Carolina barbecue

This sauce might claim the oldest American BBQ style title. People used to cook the whole hog or pork shoulder on oak or hickory hardwood then serve the meat pulled, chopped, or shredded.

Not to mention, the BBQ is often rubbed with a spice mixture before and during the cooking process. For instance, the Eastern prefer coating the meat with a thin vinegar-and-thin spice sauce. Meanwhile, people in Western North use vinegar sauce with additional tomatoes.

Memphis barbecue

Memphis barbecue

Also focusing on pork – the shoulders or ribs to be specific, Memphis BBQ forgoes the sauce and lets the meat’s natural juices sing all together!

However, you can still make some simple sauces and brush a thin coat onto the meat. The sauce is vinegar- and tomato-based, along with sweet spices.

Texas barbecue

Texas barbecue

Unlike the two barbecue styles above, Texas BBQ is all about the slow-cooked beef over wood.

In Central Texas and West Texas, the BBQ is dried-rub with pepper and salt. In the East, nonetheless, the meat is tossed in sweet tomato sauce. Meanwhile, the South Texas BBQ is influenced by Mexican cuisine  – meat is wrapped with agave leaves and served in tacos.

Kansas barbecue

Kansas barbecue

Another common BBQ style comes from Kansas City, where folks use various types of meat together, from beef, chicken to sausages. The BBQ is served with many sauce varieties, but most of them have a sweet and tangy taste from ketchup and molasses.

How to Make BBQ Sauce at Home?

Take notes of the following recipes and try them out at your very next BBQ party, and be prepared for all the praises coming your way.

Cheers!

Simple vinegar-based Carolina sauce

Carolina bbq sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of ketchup
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • A tablespoon of salt
  • Some red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • Boiled water

Steps: 

Start by adding all the ingredients to a saucepan. Cook the mixture at medium heat and bring to a boil. Remember to whisk the sauce together until salt and sugar are dissolved completely.

When you are done with the sauce, cool it down at room temperature before pouring the sauce into a bottle. Finally, put the sauce into the fridge one day before your grill party. For the best result, remember to shake well before use. 

Eastern North Carolina sauce

Eastern North Carolina sauce

Most Carolina BBQ sauce recipes are based on apple cider vinegar because the strong acidic flavor goes well with rich and smoked pork. Here is how people in Eastern North Carolina often make BBQ sauce at home.

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of hot pepper sauce
  • 1 light cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • Boiled water

Steps: 

The method to make Eastern North Carolina BBQ sauce is almost identical to the previous one.  Let the sauce sit for 24 hours in the fridge. Afterward, add a pork tenderloin in the sauce for 24 hours more.

The meat will look beautifully brown and taste decently spicy.

Memphis BBQ Sauce by PaulaG

Memphis BBQ Sauce by PaulaG
Image Source: Food.com

Once we tried this recipe, we had to add it to our favorite list. It takes more time and ingredients to complete the sauce, but the outcome is an absolute treat on the smoked pork.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ light cup of cider vinegar
  • 2 cups of ketchup
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon of yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon of celery seed
  • Salt to your taste
  • 2 teaspoons of liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil, if needed 
  • Some boiled water

Steps: 

Add all ingredients (except for the canola oil) to the pan to a low boil. You should stir often so that salt and sugar can be dissolved completely.

Once the sauce boils, reduce the heat and simmer for around 25 minutes in combination with occasional stirring. 

Remove the BBQ saucepan from the stove and whisk in the canola oil. Afterward,  pour the sauce into a sealed container and put it into the fridge.

Tangy Memphis BBQ Sauce

tangy memphis bbq sauce
Source: barefeetinthekitchen.com

This recipe creates a thinner and tangier sauce for Memphis BBQ and it’s also a great sauce for pizza.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ light cup of white vinegar
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon and a half of mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of cracked pepper and cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt to your taste

Steps: 

Similarly, combine all the ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat. Stir the mixed sauce until the sugar is dissolved and bring the pan to a simmer.

Turn off the stove. You can use this sauce almost immediately or refrigerate it for three days or longer.

BBQ Sauce by Gordon Ramsay

We came across the video of Gordon Ramsay in which he instructed how to make BBQ sauce for spooky smoky pork sliders. Really useful to share with you here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 tablespoons of ketchup
  • Diced onion, chopped garlic, black pepper
  • Fresh sea salt
  • Olive oil

Steps: 

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan for a minute. Then add onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and sugar and stir for another 5 minutes. In the end, add the paprika to the mixture and cook for another 10 minutes until the onion turns beautifully caramelized. 

Mix with the vinegar, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce and let it cook for another 10 minutes until the sauce becomes a dropping consistency.

Finally, cool the sauce to room temperature and put it aside in the fridge to use later.

Texas barbecue sauce

texas bbq sauce
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It requires a bit more ingredients to make BBQ sauce at home in the Texas-style. It means you will have to spend more time. However, the rich flavor, in the end, is truly worth all the efforts.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of fresh apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of beef bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons of yellow mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Minced onion, chopped celery, and minced garlic

Steps: 

Melt the butter over medium heat. Then, add the onion and celery into the pan for 4 or 5-minute cooking. Add the garlic and cook for only 10 to 15 seconds.

Quickly add the bouillon cube – with some water if you like, and stir the bouillon to dissolve it completely. Next, it is time to add all remaining ingredients and simmer the pan over low heat for 15 minutes.

Cool the sauce at room temperature for 15 minutes and blend it in a food processor for  15 seconds until the sauce becomes smooth. Finally, store the sauce in a sealed jar in the fridge.

Kansas barbecue sauce

Kansas barbecue sauce

The Kansas barbecue sauce is totally inexpensive and easy to make at home within 20 minutes, following 3 simple steps.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of fresh apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup of molasses
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of ground mustard
  • 1 cup of ketchup and some crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder

Steps: 

First, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and cook the mixture over medium heat. Then reduce the heat to simmer the sauce for  20 minutes. Cool the sauce and transfer it to an airtight jar for refrigerating overnight.

All Shared and Enjoy!

Now you know how to make BBQ sauce at home, right? Then, make some bottles and store them properly in the fridge within several days after preparation to ensure the best taste. Also, feel free to share with us your unique recipes on the common box!

Roger Lee

Roger Lee

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