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.
How to make this easy barbecue sauce
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this fast & simple recipe.
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. Some include high fructose corn syrup and are super sweet. Other natural brands, which is what I recommend, are more mild.
So when you’re making the sauce, you’ll want to adjust based on your ingredients & personal preferences. Add more or less maple syrup & molasses to suit your tastes.
Apple cider vinegar adds tanginess, and a bit of sweetness balances that nicely. But if you’d prefer, you can omit the maple syrup & molasses.
If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar or white wine vinegar will work instead.
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 a little goes a long way. Don’t get heavy handed.
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. Or use it as a dipping sauce with sweet potato fries.
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.
Easy barbecue sauce
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.
Content, recipe, and photos updated March 30, 2021. Originally posted April 3, 2014.