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A thick tasty homemade BBQ sauce will guarantee the success of your BBQ party! No barbecue cookout is ever complete without the sauces!

We can argue all day that steaks and ribs are the main characters in any given party. Well, don’t get me wrong, the meat cuts are still important; however, sauces are the real stars of these events.

No more store-bought sauces from your local grocery store! Instead, get your hands busy with making the best homemade BBQ sauce you’ll ever taste!

Maybe you’ll find your passion in creating delicious sauces!

The Best BBQ Sauce You Will Ever Prepare!

Grilled meat steaks served with homemade BBQ sauce on the side.
One dip is all it takes to fall in love with this perfect sauce!

Why Prepare Homemade BBQ Sauce?

After the last two years of lockdown, new homemade recipes, about things you’ve never thought of making in your kitchen before, are taking over the internet. It’s a trend, so to speak.

Moreover, it’s an all-natural, preservatives-free sauce! Now, you’re well-aware of the ingredients that you and your family are consuming. You no longer have to worry about toxic preservatives or expiration dates.

Also, you can adjust your homemade BBQ sauce to suit your family’s preferences. Do they like a thick sauce? A light one? Delicious sweetness or sizzling spices?

Whatever their preferences might be, you can easily adjust anything, anytime you want!

On another note, a host’s worst nightmare is running out of BBQ sauce on a Sunday afternoon while hosting a cooking party. Did it ever happen to you?

If yes, then do yourself a favor and prepare a big batch of BBQ sauce; big enough to feed the whole neighborhood!

Trust me on this one, a homemade barbecue sauce is always a good idea.

Can’t You Smell the Goodness of Different Flavors…

Grilled meat steaks served with homemade BBQ sauce on the side.
It’s all about the right balance of different flavor profiles

Homemade BBQ Sauce Pairings

BBQ catering plans are incomplete without appetizers, right? This homemade sauce is the star of your backyard barbecue event, since you don’t have to wait until the meat or poultry to cook to put the sauce on the table.

It’s totally fine to serve this delicious homemade sauce with tortilla chips or sweet potato fries at the beginning!

This barbecue sauce is a perfect addition to Taco Tuesday at your house. Next time you prepare tacos, nachos or tostadas, mix and match them with your own sauce… Your kids will love such a thing!

Comfort food is already addictive, but why not adding something to enhance the tastiness? Are you craving a chicken sub sandwich? Chicken pot pie? Maybe a meatloaf for dinner?

Your homemade BBQ sauce is the right choice to make! Enjoy the sweetness, tenderness, juiciness, in addition to the perfect balance of flavors with every bite you take!

Replace the white ranch sauce with this original recipe.

This Homemade BBQ Sauce Is Adjustable Beyond Measures!

A spoonful of BBQ sauce rich in flavors and bright in colors.
The thick texture we’re looking for!

Tips for Best Results!

You can grill the vegetables instead of baking them. The charred grilled taste will surely elevate the whole experience! That will add a hint of smoky flavor.

Don’t forget to add a sprinkle of black pepper.

Feel free to place the vegetables in a blender for a smoother texture, and to remove any chunks.  

You can even add some sauce to soups and stews for extra natural flavor.

If you are a fan of sweet and tangy sauces, then go ahead and add (with caution) some vinegar or brown sugar to your sauce. Make sure you pay attention to the measurements.

Basically, the main ingredient of all sauces is tomato paste. After nailing down all the basics, consider adding a twist. For example, fruits can be a good addition to your sauce.

Dip Your Steak in This Versatile Sauce Bowl

Homemade BBQ sauce served next to pieces of grilled meat.
Let the barbecue season begin!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we store the sauce in the freezer?

Absolutely! As a matter of fact, your homemade bbq sauce will stay fresh and ready to use for 3-4 days in the fridge; and up to 6 months in your freezer.

Can we add any type of herbs?

There’s no such thing as bad herbs. You can add any dried herb to enhance the overall flavor. Basil would go perfectly with the whole thing!

Can I add a bit of vinegar to a tomato-based sauce?

If you’re looking for a tangier taste, you can definitely add some.

What can we add to BBQ sauce?

Onion powder, garlic powder, honey, brown sugar, spices… Any would be a great addition to your sauce.

How can we make it a sweet sauce?

Sauces can be either sweet or tangy, depending on your taste. If you like sweet sauces, I suggest you add light brown sugar, cane sugar, or any other type of sweet flavors.

Can we use apple cider vinegar?

You absolutely can, but it’s preferable to use white vinegar so your sauce wouldn’t come out heavily tart.

Enjoy Your Meal with The Right Sauce on The Side

Freshly cooked steaks with baked veggies sauce.
The perfect dip for your rare steaks, wraps, pork chops, French fries, and much more!

Natural Ingredients for Your Homemade BBQ Sauce

We grew up in a time where buying pre-packaged food is our go-to for busy nights. Well, not anymore! All you need today is 3 fresh ingredients to prepare the easiest tomato-based sauce recipe in the world, and you will forget all about store-bought bbq sauce.

Ingredients List

  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic cloves
  • Jalapeño peppers, or shishito peppers
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)
  • Salt

Natural Raw Ingredients for the Tastiest Homemade BBQ Sauce

Roasted fresh vegetables in an aluminum foil.
Preparing the goods for baking

Steps to Prep

Homemade doesn’t necessarily mean difficult complex cooking instructions. In fact, the steps to prep for this recipe are as simple as the ingredients. Mark my words! You will never forget the taste of the best homemade barbecue sauce!

First of all, preheat the oven to 450°F.

In a medium sized pan, add aluminum foil, large enough to hold the vegetables and cover them.

Then, place some olive oil on the aluminum foil before adding the cubed tomatoes, whole peeled garlic cloves, and jalapeños or Shishito peppers.

Once finished, close the aluminum foil so that the juice of the tomatoes does not seep out.

Finally, place the pan in the oven for 45 minutes.

Empty the cooked vegetables into a large bowl, and mash them using a potato masher.

Then, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, crushed red pepper (optional) and mix well.

Use it as a dip or salsa with any protein like BBQ, grilled chicken, seared chicken, sausage, and cooked fish.

You Can’t Go Wrong with a Classic Barbecue Sauce

A bowl filled with fresh chunks of grilled vegetables.
The best barbecue sauce for various occasions and meals

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Homemade BBQ Sauce

By: Lama
Homemade BBQ Sauce is a necessity for your next cookout. You just need few ingredients, sprinkles of condiments, and a couple of minutes to prepare it. The perfect addition to grilled steaks, sausages, drumsticks, wings, and everything in between!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time: 53 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 5 tomatoes , largely cubed
  • 6 gloves garlic, peeled
  • 4 jalapeño peppers
  • 5 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • lemon
  • 1 tbsp. crushed red peppers, optional
  • 1 tsp. salt


  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Add all the vegetables to a large pan and cover them with an aluminum foil.
  • Place some olive oil on the aluminum foil, then add the cubed tomatoes, whole peeled garlic cloves, and jalapeños or Shishido peppers. Close the aluminum foil so that the juice of the tomatoes does not seep out.
  • Place in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove, then empty the cooked vegetables into a large bowl and mash using a potato masher.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, crushed red pepper (optional) and mix well.



Feel free to grill the vegetables instead of baking them.
Use a blender for a smoother texture and a chunks-free sauce
Add some sauce to soups and stews.
Measure and add vinegar or brown sugar for a sweeter, tangier taste.
Be creative with your twists, like adding fruits to the sauce.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 324mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 860IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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I'm Lama, welcome to my blog where you will find simple and diverse recipes your entire family will enjoy. I am honored to connect with you through the recipes I prepare!

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