Homemade BBQ Sauce

My tried and true Homemade BBQ Sauce to use on all your favorite recipes! From grilled chicken to steak to veggies and anything in between!

Homemade BBQ Sauce from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)


Memorial Day is right around the corner and that's the official start of grilling season and I couldn't be more excited. This year is going to be all about the grill. Ever since we moved to the valley, and now I'm back to Arizona-type temperatures, the chances of cooking indoors this summer is slim. So grilling and non-cook meals will be plentiful. If you have any specific requests, leave it in the comments.

Homemade BBQ Sauce from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Before we start grilling up all the proteins, salads, veggies, fruits, desserts etc, I figured we should tackle my go to BBQ Sauce so we can all master that. It's super easy, prep-ahead friendly, and saves in the fridge for a week or two! (although chances are you'll use it way before then!) You can make it on the grill or on your stovetop, dealers choice and amp up the heat / smokiness depending on your families taste preferences. Below you'll find a few of my favorite recipes to use this Homemade BBQ Sauce on and the recipe:

Homemade BBQ Sauce from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Favorite ways to use Homemade BBQ Sauce:

Homemade BBQ Sauce from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 3 votes
My tried and true Homemade BBQ Sauce recipe that you can use on fish, steak, chicken, pork, vegetables etc!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo (more if you want it extra smoky)


  • Heat the oil in a small pot over medium heat. Saute the onion and garlic until they're soft and add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire, apple cider vinegar, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the sauce thickens
  • Using an immersion blender, blend the sauce while simmering until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let cool. Use as desired. Stores in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 weeks.


Favorite ways to use Homemade BBQ Sauce:

Nutrition Information

Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Would leaving out the Chipotle pepper ruin this? I live in Asia and can't buy them here 🙁 could I sub liquid smoke?

  2. Gaby, can you suggest a substitute(s) for the chipotle pepper in adobo sauce? Maybe not as yummy but doable? Thank you!!

    1. you could add a little jalapeno when you saute the onions!! different flavor profile but still delish

  3. Hi there,
    I have found Every recipe (and saved) Except for the one I’m looking for.....your homemade bbq sauce, it looks delicious!!! Could you send me the recipe or tell me where I can find it please. I would really appreciate it

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