Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Making your own sauces takes just minutes, but often it’s easier to pick up a bottle at the store. This Homemade Barbecue Sauce may just have you rethinking your trip to the store. 

Homemade Barbecue Sauce | 3 ingredients | Recipe on PocketChangeGourmet.com

For as long as I can remember, I have been making this Barbecue Sauce. A few days ago, when I asked Doug to put some chicken breasts in the Slow Cooker with Barbecue Sauce, he asked me the recipe. Even though I have it memorized because well…1) it’s so easy you can’t forget it and 2) I’ve made it so many times I know it by heart…I told him it should be on one of the blogs. Then with a quick search, we realized that we have never shared the recipe. We needed to fix that.

Homemade Barbecue Sauce | 3 ingredients | Recipe on PocketChangeGourmet.com

With just 3 ingredients that I bet you have on hand, you can whip up this Barbecue Sauce in minutes. We use it on a number of recipes, Meatballs, Chicken, Pork, and even just for dipping.

Homemade Barbecue Sauce | 3 ingredients | Recipe on PocketChangeGourmet.com

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Homemade Barbecue Sauce
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Perfect for Meatballs, Chicken, Pork and more. Recipe from PocketChangeGourmet.com
Serves: 1 cup
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon vinegar
  1. Mix all ingredients together with a whisk
  2. Store leftovers in fridge in a sealed container

 What’s your favorite recipe to use Barbecue Sauce on?


  1. This looks yummy! It also seems like it would be so much healthier, without all the junk they put in it for storing. Thanks for sharing it with us :)
  2. This looks wonderful! I will be using this on my meatloaf, sloppy joes and pork steak, for sure. Thanks for sharing.
  3. Bravo! I never buy BBQ sauce! Hopefully you've inspired everyone to do the same, and make their own! Mimi recently posted..My MarinaraMy Profile
  4. Simple yet sensational, used this recipe with my meatloaf and it was stunning. Thanks for sharing
    • So excited you liked it Tanya! It's been an old stand by for years in my kitchen. Happy Cooking! ~Liz
  5. What type of vinegar do you recommend?
    • Lori, we normally use a simple white vinegar but have made it with anything from apple cider vinegar to rice vinegar. That is the beauty of this sauce recipe you just can't go wrong. So go ahead and use what you have. - Doug
  6. I ran out of bottled made this and I must say it was easy yet very delicious. Thanks for the recipe.
  7. Carolyn says:
    I made this to use on pork chops. I added a little bit of chili powder and onion and garlic powder to give it a boost.
  8. Very easy and very tasty!!
  9. I've always wondered how to make my own barbecue sauce, so I'm really glad I know how to now. It doesn't sound hard to make at all, as it is three ingredients. I can't wait to try this out next time we use the grill!
    • Madeline from Pocket Change Gourmet says:
      Hi Petunia- so happy it will help you out! Let us know how it goes!
  10. Jennifer says:
    Delicious! The ketchup does not taste overwhelming. No need to buy barbecue sauce from the store again. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Wow, just 3 ingredients, who knew? I didn't :-) I'll be giving this a whirl to see how it compares to shop bought (probably much better!) thanks for this, I tend to have these ingredients to hand but often not the BBQ sauce, now I know how easy it is to whip up a batch it will save me a few trips to the shop I'm sure Lee recently posted..Easy, healthy and simple salmon soup recipeMy Profile

  12. Wow ! It looks super tasty ! I will try this recipe as soon as possible, thanks :)

  13. I'm having a BBQ Garden party in two weeks and I'm out looking for inspiration. I was thinking Pork, but I want to make it special. This is my first party in my new home (I just moved to Stockholm), and I want to to stand out. I'm no expert chef, but I like to cook. Thanks for this post and the inspiration. Much needed ;-) Leva Ogeman recently posted..Garden party – BBQMy Profile

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