6 Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes That Are Delicious—and Easy, Too!

Bye-bye, bottled BBQ sauce. These flavorful homemade recipes will dress up your chicken, pork, ribs, and beyond.

Like icing on a cake or toppings on a pizza, the best BBQ sauce can take the main component of your recipe from good to great. Whether you slather them on ribs, mix with pulled pork or chicken, or use as a sauce for a takeout fakeout BBQ chicken pizza, these homemade BBQ sauce recipes are designed to elevate your entrée to new flavor heights. So walk right past the bottled varieties and try these DIY condiments instead. And don't think these sauces are only for summer grilling—you can use them year-round no matter the cooking method.

Spicy Barbecue Sauce
Andy Lyons

Spicy BBQ Sauce

Come summer, you could can tomatoes. Or use that tomato bounty to whip up this punchy, perfect pork or chicken topping to give your grilled fare some kick all year long. This homemade BBQ sauce recipe calls for 12(!) pounds of tomatoes and yields five pints, perfect for gifting or saving all for yourself. The pleasant level of heat from the jalapeños makes this sauce irresistible.

Classic BBQ Sauce
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Classic BBQ Sauce

Craving a classic? Turn to this, our best BBQ sauce for purists. It offers similar flavors as your favorite bottled sauce but is fresher and with fewer additives. Our Test Kitchen sampled countless batches to pinpoint the tastiest ratio of Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, cider vinegar, and molasses. With your sauce complete, try out these 19 Grilling Tips From the Pros.

Paleo BBQ Sauce
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Paleo BBQ Sauce

Meat is a mainstay on this caveman-inspired diet, but since many BBQ sauce recipes call for molasses or brown sugar (or both), Paleo diet followers usually have to eat their grilled grub without sauce. No longer. This sugar-free BBQ sauce scores a dose of natural sweetness from Medjool dates (1 Pound Dates, $17.99, Walmart), which balances out the warm spices and acidic tomatoes.

Grilled Pork Skewers with Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
Andy Lyons

Blueberry BBQ Sauce

We know, we know...blueberries and beef, chicken, or pork doesn't exactly seem like the most natural pairing. But stick with us: The natural sweetness of the berries plays nicely with the more spicy and savory BBQ sauce ingredients, including Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, and jalapeños. Come peak summer, when fresh blueberries are at their best, this is one of our go-to condiments.

Barbecue Ribs with Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce

Soda isn't just for sipping. Crack open a can of Dr. Pepper to lend a nice amount of sweetness to set off the spice from white pepper and ancho chile powder. While this is one of our best BBQ sauce recipes alone, we love it even more when paired with a warm spice rub.

Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
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Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Now this is one spirited BBQ sauce recipe. Literally. To accent the tomato sauce, honey, and mustard, this recipe calls for a quarter cup of tequila. After you've given the original BBQ sauce ingredients a shot, try a bourbon BBQ sauce variation with a quarter cup of bourbon or whiskey.

Use these homemade BBQ sauces as inspiration to cook up a BBQ chicken dinner, grill veggies to dunk in your sauce, or to start trying our other DIY ingredients you can make at home.

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