Make Your Own BBQ Sauce

Add extra sizzle to your cookouts. Whip up a batch of homemade barbecue sauce to slather on burgers, chops, chicken, seafood and veggies. The best part is, you control the ingredients.

Sure, the bottled stuff is okay, but it's easy (and delicious) to whip up a batch of custom barbecue sauce.  Use our homemade versions to add sizzle to chops, chicken, fish and veggies at your next cookout. The best part? You control the ingredients.

Why Make Your Own?

Bottled condiments like barbecue sauce are famously high in sugar and sodium. A little sugar and spice is definitely necessary, but some of the store-bought brands get carried away. If you do shop for BBQ sauce, check labels for ingredients you recognize. There are some decent brands out there -- see our top picks for bottled sauces and learn more about what to look for.

Homemade Versions

Barbecue sauce often has quite a few ingredients, but chances are you have most of them on hand. Recipes traditionally call for ketchup and other canned tomato products along with sugar, spices, vinegar and maybe some molasses or Worcestershire sauce. Mustard, beer and even jams and jellies might find their way in too. Since they’re made with salty and sugary ingredients, taste as you go – you might find you can cut back a bit on some of the ingredients. Portion control helps too – calories can range anywhere from 40 to 100 per serving (two tablespoons) so figure on about one or two tablespoons per person.

Recipes to Try:

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »

You Might Also Like:

Keep Reading

Next Up

Make Your Own Cranberry Sauce

I love cranberry sauce any time of year, but it's a must-have around Thanksgiving. As I gear up for the holiday, I’m all about finding creative new recipes. Forgo the canned stuff -- it's usually packed with HFCS -- and discover the taste of real, homemade cranberry sauce. Be sure to make lots so you’ll have leftovers for those post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches.

On TV

Food Network Apps

In the Kitchen

Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

Facebook Messenger

Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.

Amazon Echo

Just say "Alexa, enable Food Network skill" to get started.