This is the recipe (approximately) that I use to make homemade BBQ sauce from scratch. I initially did a Google search to see if I could find a recipe somewhere out there that would make a sauce similar to Sweet Baby Ray’s, as that is our favorite kind of BBQ sauce. I found a recipe on a website called Half Baked Harvest and, for the most part, followed the ingredients and quantities they had posted. I may have removed a couple of ingredients and/or added some of my own or tweaked a couple of things to really make the sauce pop. Of course I didn’t reveal all my secrets. Enjoy.

  • This makes about 2 1/2 cupsminion_by_bibi97nd-d6k9zyj
  • 1 1/4 cups Ketchup
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 1/4 cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 1/2 Tsp Ground Mustard
  • 2 Tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup


This is pretty easy. Mix everything together in a pot and bring it to a boil, then reduce your heat to a simmer until all the dry ingredients have fully dissolved which should take about 5 minutes. You can then use it immediately or let it cool and store it in the fridge. I keep mine in a mason jar because it should last longer with a better seal. The last time I made this we could still use it after a month, then we ran out so I’m not sure how long it keeps.