Best Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Best Barbecue Sauce Recipe
My best barbecue sauce recipe has got just the right amount of flavour and zing, is perfect with everything and super easy to make. And not only is it the best barbecue sauce recipe for just about anything you can think of, it’s also the perfect sauce for dishes you cook indoors. Pour it over sausages or chicken breasts and bake them in the oven or brush over pork chops and cook in the broiler or grill. Even better – my best barbecue sauce recipe is fantastic in slow cooker recipes. Just pour the prepared sauce over chicken or pork, cover and cook for 6 to 8 hours on low and you will have a meal to remember.

However as it is Memorial Day weekend (as well as May Bank Holiday weekend in the UK), I’m going to concentrate on the barbecue side of things. Hopefully the weather will cooperate! You can use my best barbecue sauce when you are barbecuing pork, chicken, beef, sausages, veggie sausages, vegetable kabobs, pretty much anything you can think of. It’s mild enough for kids but zesty enough for adults and it really is incredibly easy to make.

Best Barbecue Sauce Recipe
I never like the long list of ingredients in store bought sauces and my husband and I are not keen on super smokey or chipotle flavours so making my own homemade barbecue sauce is the perfect solution. It’s healthier – and I think tastier – than store bought sauces. It also costs less – in most cases, a lot less!

You can make my best barbecue sauce recipe ahead of time, cool it and keep it in the fridge for few days or you can use it immediately while it is still warm.

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Best Barbecue Sauce Recipe
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled (or 2 teaspoons Very Lazy Garlic)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook over low heat until it begins to become translucent (about 5 minutes).
  3. Grate in the garlic (or add the Very Lazy Garlic).
  4. Cook for a minute.
  5. Stir in the ketchup, vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, salt and pepper.
  6. Bring to a boil, stirring almost constantly.
  7. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for ten minutes.
  8. Use immediately or remove from the pan, cool quickly and store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Adapted from The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook

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  1. BBQ sauce and ketchup seem to be the only condiments I still use “off the shelves”. Thanks so much for this recipe. I never use too much at a time, so I’m wondering if it stays fresh for very long. I guess I could cut the recipe in half…right. Have you found a ketchup that has no HFCS?

    • It will keep for 3 to 4 days in the fridge, KC. I haven’t tried freezing it yet. Use of HFCS is restricted in Europe so it isn’t as much of a problem for me in the UK. I will mention your question about ketchup on my FB page and see if anyone has found one in the US 🙂

  2. This looks and sounds delicious April! Pinned and shared today!

  3. This sounds wonderful, especially for grilling season; can’t wait to give it a taste!

  4. The sauce sounds so interesting, April! This will definitely be on my to do list! Thank you for sharing! Pinning!

  5. April, this really does sound won-der-ful! I love a good homemade BBQ sauce- pinning to try! Thank you for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday! 🙂

  6. Looks wonderful April…and so versatile too! To answer Kc’s question above, Trader Joe’s, Annie’s Natural’s, Woodstock, Whole Foods 365 and Organicville all make ketchup without HCFS. Hope this helps!

  7. Best BBQ sauce ever. Thanks very much April

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