Make classic BBQ sauce at home in less than 5 minutes by taking common sauces and spices and whipping them up in a food processor (so no cooking required!) It’s a must-have recipe for countless crowd-pleasing dishes!
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About Homemade BBQ Sauce
I have a few store-bought BBQ sauces that I absolutely love, but there have been times when I’ve “somehow” managed to run out right when I need it the most. And by “somehow” I mean I routinely spend whole weeks putting BBQ sauce on everything I possibly can so of course all the sauce is gone because I’ve eaten all of it.
Because, why not eat it on everything? It’s one of the best sauces out there!
So, seeing as this tasty red blend tends to be an endangered sauce in our house, I had to get my hands on a homemade version that no only 1) tasted just as good as my favorite store-bought and 2) didn’t include extra cooking time.
And out of all the need-it-now BBQ sauce recipes I’ve tried, this one was by far the winner.
You can whip it up in a blender in less than five minutes!
Is it BBQ, barbecue, barbeque, bar-B-Q, or bar-b-cue?
I was surprised to discover there are some strong opinions on how to spell the name of this tasty red sauce, so I did a little digging to determine what the “proper” moniker was.
And no matter what method you prefer, I have some good news for you:
All of the above spellings are acceptable.
Most dictionaries will use either “barbecue” or “barbeque” as the root word, but the slang forms (meaning BBQ, bar-b-q, and bar-b-cue) have become so common practice that they’re accepted by most spellchecks and grammar fans.
Being from the south, I grew up knowing and reading this sauce as “BBQ”, and it’s still what I prefer to this day.
What can you make with BBQ sauce?
I think the easier question here is what can’t you make with BBQ sauce. It’s just one of those garnishes that manage to make everything better.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Cranberry BBQ Drumsticks
- One Pan BBQ Chicken
- Sweet Pulled Pork
- BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza
- BBQ Brisket Nachos
Should you refrigerate homemade BBQ sauce?
For best results, this sauce should be stored in a sealed container and kept chilled.
It should stay good in the refrigerator for one to two weeks.
Can you freeze BBQ sauce?
Yes, you can freeze BBQ sauce, but the quality may vary once thawed. I have only ever made this sauce using “mainstream” brand ingredients (Heinz, etc) and the sauce was still good once thawed. I have not tried other brands or substitutions would perform to know how they would perform. If you have any doubts, be sure to research any of your preferred ingredients.
Once you’re ready to freeze, transfer the BBQ sauce to a freezer bag, taking care to remove as much air as possible. BBQ sauce can be frozen for up to three months.
Notes & tips for BBQ sauce
- You’ll need a trusty food processor for this recipe. I bought the Ninja Blender System almost 10 years ago and it hasn’t failed me yet!
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How to make BBQ sauce
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – In your favorite food processor, add ketchup, brown sugar, water, red wine vinegar, ground mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and paprika.
Step 2 – Blend everything together until creamy and incorporated, about two to three minutes.
Step 3 – Serve as desired!
Homemade BBQ Sauce
- In a food processor, add ketchup, brown sugar, water, red wine vinegar, ground mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and paprika. Cover and blend until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
- Serve immediately as desired.
I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.