Easy barbecue sauce comes together in just minutes. It doesn’t require any cooking – just stirring.
Add a few pantry-friendly ingredients to a bowl, and get saucing!
When you have a hankering for barbecue but don’t have any sauce in the house, here’s the perfect answer.
Make this easy barbecue sauce with ingredients you already have on hand in the refrigerator & pantry.
It doesn’t require any cooking.
Just add ingredients to a bowl & stir.
Sure, a bottle of barbecue sauce is inexpensive & convenient.
But if you have a problem finishing the whole bottle, or if you’re in a bind & need BBQ sauce quick, it couldn’t be simpler to make your own with this recipe.
This BBQ sauce comes together in only seconds, thanks to a few pantry-friendly staples.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this recipe.
Ketchup: Ketchup brands vary by sweetness. I recommend using a natural ketchup that doesn’t include high fructose corn syrup, so that it’s not overly sweet.
Apple cider vinegar: It adds tang, light sweetness & a bit of apple flavor, which works nicely here. It can be replaced with white wine vinegar or rice vinegar.
Stone ground mustard: This grainy mustard adds tang & bite.
Liquid smoke: Liquid smoke is really a must here to give this sauce the smoky flavor you expect in BBQ.
I like to buy Wright’s brand, because it has only two ingredients – water & natural hickory smoke concentrate.
Keep in mind that with liquid smoke, a little goes a long way. Don’t get heavy handed.
Maple syrup: This adds sweetness & light flavor. It can be replaced with agave syrup.
Molasses: It adds sweetness & depth of flavor.
Salt: A pinch of salt brings it all together.
Step by step instructions
Here’s how to make this recipe at a glance. For complete ingredient amounts & instructions, keep scrolling to the recipe card below.
Combine the following:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Stone-ground mustard
- Liquid smoke
- Maple syrup
The sauce is ready to use right away.
Or you can put it in a jar in the refrigerator to enjoy later.
Make it your own
Ketchup brands vary by sweetness. Add more or less maple syrup & molasses to suit your tastes.
If you’d like a bit of heat, add a dash of hot sauce.
What to serve with it
Slather this easy barbecue sauce onto your favorite plant protein on the grill.
How long will it last?
All of the ingredients in this sauce are super long lasting.
Kept in a covered container in the refrigerator, it will easily keep at least 2 or 3 weeks, if not longer.
Easy barbecue sauce
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.
- Use right away or store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Content, recipe, and photos updated March 30, 2021. Originally posted April 3, 2014.