Basic BBQ Sauce

I have a bit of an addiction to buying pre-made BBQ sauces. Mostly the obscure ones that you can’t get in stores. The ones you have to order directly from the BBQ joint that makes them. Well, that’s not the cheapest hobby in the world, so I set out to make my own basic BBQ sauce (based on one from Myron Mixon) and I’m very happy with the results. It’s not a complicated or fancy sauce, but it has the perfect consistency and taste. I can add more hot sauce for a spicy version, or I can add more liquid smoke for a more hickory-flavored sauce.
Basic BBQ SauceI’m going to call this basic BBQ sauce ‘done’. It’s my go-to basic sauce for everything from pulled pork to ribs to brisket to chicken or my favorite, rib tips. I also slather basic BBQ sauce on my grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. It’s also fantastic on BBQ chicken pizza!

Also try my basic BBQ rub. Like this sauce, it’s great as is or use it as a base for your own flavors.

Basic BBQ Sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 cups


  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons more or less, to taste hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon more or less, to taste liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper


  • Place all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.
  • Transfer to a sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Heat thoroughly. Serve or use warm.

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