Want to see me get ultra riled up? Let’s talk about Barbecue Sauce. Today I’m going to be telling you how to make THE best BBQ sauce from scratch. This is an easy recipe that’s ready in 15 minutes. You can use it on sandwiches, ribs, or just lick the spoon. It’s that good.

The best easy homemade barbecue sauce in a jar

Most basic homemade barbecue sauce recipes I’ve found are made with ketchup, which is actually quite high in sugar. Since that defeated part of my purpose, I decided to see how the recipe would turn out if I were to make this homemade BBQ sauce without ketchup instead, and you know what?


This bbq sauce is thick and rich and has smoky-sweet undertones from molasses. Without it my ribs, Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, and chicken sandwiches wouldn’t be complete.

I know that once you try this simple and delicious homemade recipe, you’re going to want to keep a jar in your fridge at all times!

How to make BBQ sauce from scratch with no ketchup and delicious flavor

What is the Best Barbecue Sauce? Let’s Discuss.

Yep, I am going there. BBQ sauce is both regional and personal, and I do have a favorite.

I grew up on Kansas City barbecue, and every time Ben and I visit, grabbing a meal at a local BBQ joint isn’t an optional activity we try to squeeze in—it’s one of the first stops we make the moment we land at the airport.

I’ve had the pleasure of munching barbecue in different regions of the country, and while I respect and enjoy the different flavors and characteristics of each, Kansas City–style barbecue sauce is my forever favorite.

If you’ve had Sweet Baby Ray’s or KC Masterpiece brand BBQ sauce, you’ve experienced a hint of just how good Kansas City BBQ sauce can be. That said, as I’ve started reading more labels in recent years, the bottled barbecue sauce brands are LOADED with sugar (high fructose corn syrup is the first ingredient in many). 

Craving some barbecue but not wanting to rely on the the sugary stuff, I decided to see if I could make my own homemade barbecue sauce for ribs, pulled pork, and, as I quickly discovered while making and tasting this sauce, for licking right off the spoon!

Skip the bottled stuff. By using real, unprocessed ingredients, you’ll have an award winning barbecue sauce recipe that tastes, well, homemade.

Delicious sauce made without ketchup in a bowl for topping pulled pork, ribs, or chicken

How to Make the BEST Barbecue Sauce

Not only is making your own barbecue sauce from scratch infinitely more delicious than anything you’ll find at the store, it is EASY.

While this isn’t one of those 3 ingredient BBQ sauce recipes (a bi-product of that fact that it’s not a barbecue sauce recipe with ketchup), it is still super simple and its flavor is a dead ringer for the barbecue sauces I’ve tried at legit BBQ joints. 

Let’s break it down, BBQ-style.

The Ingredients

  • Tomato Sauce + Paste. For the tomato flavor, I used tomato paste and tomato sauce instead of ketchup. 
  • Apple Cider Vinegar. The vinegar adds some much needed acidity to our sweet and tangy barbecue sauce recipe. 
  • Maple Syrup + Molasses. To sweeten things up, I used a little maple syrup and molasses. I love the way the maple plays against the strong flavors in the spices, and both of these ingredients make the sauce rich and thick too. For a slightly different flavor, you can also make this barbecue sauce with honey instead of maple syrup (don’t skip the molasses though).
  • Worcestershire Sauce. Another key component in the quest to find the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and tangy. Worcestershire sauce is intensely savory and instantly adds a long-simmered flavor to the sauce.
  • Seasonings. Smoked paprika, dry mustard, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper results in a classic, balanced combination of flavors. While it’s optional, adding a dash of cayenne pepper gives just the right amount of heat. See below for tips on how to make your sauce extra spicy.

The Directions

  1. Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir. If you have a splatter screen, you might want to place it over the top. Otherwise, you can partially cover the pot with a lid. This BBQ sauce is quite chatty and likes to sputter.
  2. Call your mom. Hang out. Contemplate the universe. Enjoy your life for 10 minutes.
  3. Every few minutes, stir again. Barbecue sauce will thicken as it continues to simmer. Your kitchen will start to smell tantalizing.
  4. Stir. Taste. Adjust. Taste some more because SO GOOD.

The best homemade bbq sauce without ketchup in a jar

Recipe Adaptations

  • Homemade Spicy BBQ Sauce. The recipe as written is more spicy-sweet than truly spicy, so if you prefer a BBQ sauce with a serious kick, I’ve included the option to add some cayenne.
  • Homemade Honey BBQ Sauce. Simply swap the maple syrup for the same amount of honey.
  • Bourbon Barbecue Sauce. Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup bourbon whiskey with the tomato sauce (the more you add, the stronger the taste will be). Cook as directed, extending the simmer time for a bit if the bourbon flavor is too strong.
  • Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce {Copycat}. You also can use a Tennessee whiskey like Jack Daniels (follow the above directions for bourbon bbq sauce) for your own version of this popular store brand.
  • Dietary Notes. As written this barbecue sauce is vegan, gluten free, and sugar free (meaning free of refined granulated sugar and brown sugar).

How to Store and Freeze Barbecue Sauce

  • To Store. Store leftovers in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for about 7 days. Since it is not loaded with preservatives, homemade barbecue sauce will go bad faster than store bought barbecue sauce.
  • To Freeze. Yes, you can freeze barbecue sauce! Place the sauce in an airtight freezer-safe storage container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.

How to Use Homemade Barbecue Sauce

The beauty of this easy sauce is that it can be used in any recipe that calls for premade barbecue sauce, or you can use it to spice up your favorite protein (try brushing it over a side of salmon then cooking the salmon according to the directions for this Baked Salmon in Foil!) or even salad. 

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How to make the BEST Homemade Barbecue Sauce from scratch! Easy recipe that’s ready in 15 minutes. Sweet, simple, healthy recipe without ketchup and naturally sweetened with maple syrup or honey. A great homemade bbq sauce for pulled pork, for ribs, or on bbq chicken sandwiches.

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How to make the BEST homemade Barbecue Sauce from scratch! Easy recipe that’s ready in 15 minutes. Sweet, simple, healthy recipe without ketchup and naturally sweetened with maple syrup or honey. A great homemade BBQ sauce for pulled pork, for ribs, or for BBQ chicken sandwiches and marinades.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins

Servings: 2 cups


  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional but encouraged


  • In a medium saucepan, stir together all of the ingredients: tomato sauce, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, molasses, Worcestershire, smoked paprika, dry mustard, garlic, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Cover with a lid slightly ajar so that the pot is mostly covered to deter splattering, but steam can still escape and the sauce can reduce. Let cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 10 to 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Enjoy immediately or let cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 51kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1gSodium: 218mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10g

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  1. This sound perfect. I hate that all store bought BBQ sauces start with high fructose corn syrup too! SO annoying! I will probably be swapping out the maple syrup for honey. Does it have a similar taste to Sweet baby rays honey bbq? I have someone in my house that puts that on EVERYTHING, including but not limited to turkey on thanksgiving (weird right) I can’t wait to try this.

    1. Hi Courtney, I’m not sure since I’ve never tried that particular sauce, but using honey instead sounds like it would be closer than the version with maple syrup. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  2. I wish I could find a BBQ sauce that is NOT sweet!!! I love BBQ steaks, ribs, fish, etc., but I make sure there is no BBQ SAUCE on them!! Is there such a thing as a non-sweet sauce??

    1. Hello! I bet you could do a Google search and find some options. Sugar usually is a component in BBQ sauce, but there are lots of regional varieties, so there may be something that fits what you’re looking for!

  3. I’ve been looking for a good BBQ sauce recipe for pulled pork for a while now. Will definitely be trying this.

      1. I’m sure you can freeze this sauce. I make and freeze spaghetti sauce all the time, and that’s a tomato-based sauce just like your BBQ recipe… which I am making now! Can’t wait!

  4. Very good barbecue sauce, and so quick and easy to make. Makes it worth it to clean all the orange splatters off the stove top ;). Thanks for a great recipe!5 stars

  5. I just made this sauce and it was absolutely delicious! It is the perfect balance of zingy and tangy without being too sweet. I used a can of Hunts Fire Roasted Tomatoes which I ran through my food processor with a single clove of fresh garlic until smooth so there was no need for the garlic powder. I am planning on making your BBQ Pulled Chicken for supper this evening served over some crispy baked potatoes. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
    Thank you for a wonderful recipe. I am certain I will be making this time and time again!
    Thank you!5 stars

    1. Craig, I’m so happy to hear this recipe was a hit for you! Thank you for sharing your tweaks and your plans for using it and for sharing this awesome review!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. WOW! It’s still on the stove but I can’t help but keep going in to stir it (aka: licking the spoon). EXACTLY what I was looking for. I’ve been trying to get a BBQ Sauce recipe from a restaurant owner, locally, but it’s his secret. Yours is exactly it. However, being a spice guy, I admit that I DID quadruple the black and cayenne pepper. LOL The beauty of your recipe is that it’s so easy to tweak to our own taste AND it doesn’t rely on premade Ketchup or Mustard. There is NOTHING that anyone can buy in the supermarket that compares to this. Plus, it’s easier to make than a trip to the store. :-D5 stars

    1. Christopher, I’m so happy to hear this sauce recipe is a winner for you! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your tweaks and this awesome review!

  7. I ended up making thing a couple weeks ago. I used it a little past the time you recommended, and it was still good. I used all honey and my husband thought it tasted a ketchupy at first but now he is asking when I can make it again. This is always a good sign in my book. Thanks for the recipe and will be making again soon.5 stars

    1. Courtney, thanks so much for taking the time to leave this review! I’m so glad to hear you both enjoyed it enough to make it again!

  8. Quick question, any suggestions for a substitution for the molasses? I have a bizarre allergy to molasses :)

    1. Hi Jenny! The flavor won’t be quite the same, but I’d suggest a little extra honey and some brown sugar. I hope that helps and that you enjoy it!

      1. First time to your site. Quick question. Doesn’t brown sugar have molasses mixed with the white sugar? That is how I make my brown sugar. Just curious since a person with a true allergy to molasses may have challenges with brown sugar? Unless there is another way to make brown sugar. Looking forward to trying your recipe. Glad it doesn’t use ketchup. Thanks

  9. I enjoy the super sweet KC Masterpiece Original. The sugar content doesn’t bother me as much as the chemicals, so looking for a homemade alternative. How should I tweak your recipe to increase the sweetness?

    1. Kalpana, unfortunately I don’t have a good one! It’s pretty unique. You could try omitting it, though the sauce will lose some flavor.

    1. Alex, I’ve never tried! I do know you can freeze it though. If you usually can BBQ sauce, you could try those same steps with this recipe.

  10. I haven’t tried this yet, but I would suggest coconut sugar for the brown sugar. It’s a good replacement. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe.

  11. Can you mix all the ingredients without cooking on the stove top? I’m thinking of mixing all ingredients and then dumping right into the crock pot with chicken. 

    1. Hi Angelina! I haven’t tried that myself, but I think it could work. If you do decide to give it a try, I’d love to know how it comes out.

  12. Once I tried this bbq recipe I knew I couldn’t ever go back to store bought. Ty for making my healthy bbq dreams possible.5 stars

  13. I’m making this a second time bc the first time was SOOOO delicious. I only have blackstrap molasses, though, so I’ve omitted that both times. Would a tablespoon be ok or would that be overpowering or just not the right flavor in general?
    Thanks for your help and for this wonderful recipe.
    Amber5 stars

    1. Hi Amber! Blackstrap molasses is pretty intense, so I recommend sticking with regular molasses. You’re welcome to experiment, but if you enjoyed it without the first time, I think that’s fine too! (If you get regular molasses sometime, definitely give it a try that way too!)

    1. Hi Rose, I’m sorry to hear the recipe wasn’t to your taste. I know it’s disappointing to try a new recipe and not love it, so I truly wish you would have enjoyed this!

  14. Hi Erin,

    Hello from the Uk. This recipe looks and sounds amazing I’m really pleased to have found a sauce recipe that reduces the sugar content. Am I correct in thinking that passata would be the equivalent of the tomato sauce? Or a can of chopped tomatoes blended? Can’t wait to try this thanks so much…5 stars

    1. Hi Rose! Tomato sauce is blended smooth (without skin or seeds). I’m not familiar with passata, but from a quick online search it sounds pretty close (although perhaps less smooth). If you try the recipe, I hope you enjoy!

  15. This is the BEST BBQ sauce!! I made it with no changes to the recipe and we loved it.
    Thank you for sharing it.5 stars

  16. I added 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp liquid smoke and extra cayenne powder (we like it hot)……it was delicious!5 stars

  17. This BBQ sauce is AWESOME.. I left out the maple syrup and added honey and more cayenne pepper.. Sweet and spicy.. I look forward to more of your crock-pot meals.. I do have a question do you have a good recipe for chicken and dumplings in the crock-pot?? I miss that kinda comfort food5 stars

    1. Hi Cindy! I’m so glad to hear you enjoy the barbecue sauce. I don’t have a specific chicken and dumplings recipe for the crock pot, but I do have a lot of crock pot recipes here! I also have a similar chicken and biscuits recipe, but it’s not in the crock pot.

  18. I just made this! It’s great! I substituted the maple syrup for some spicy bourbon aged honey…absolutely delicious!!5 stars

    1. Hi Denise! I have not tried the recipe this way, and I’m afraid it may affect both the flavor and the texture of the sauce. You could try swapping the maple syrup for an equal amount of honey. I hope this helps!

  19. Hi Erin, not quite sure what I need to buy re ‘can of tomato sauce’ in Australia. Would this just mean a can of tomatoes? I’m thinking our Tomato Sauce here is the same as your ketchup. Plan on cooking the slow cooked ribs tomorrow and can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks. Di

    1. Diane, tomato sauce is actually more like pureed tomatoes (but a bit thicker) and shouldn’t have much sugar added. It is not like ketchup, which has much more sugar in it. I’m sorry but I’m honestly not sure what a good swap would be! I’d suggest doing a bit of online research to see what you can find. I wish I could help more!

    1. I’m so happy to hear that this recipe was a hit, Mimi! Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review!

    1. Hi Jane! If you need this to be a vegan recipe, then I suggest selecting a vegan Worcestershire sauce or making one at home. I hope this helps!

  20. The sauce is amazing!! My girlfriend was skeptical. She said just go store bought. So I did both. I made your recipe sauce and bought some already made. They’re both good but I like mine better cause I made it! Thank you! Oh and the funny part is I read the ingredients on the fructose free expensive stuff I bought and it’s basically the same!5 stars

  21. Really good! My new “go to” for homemade bbq sauce! I started by sauteing some chopped onion before adding remainder of ingredients and used fresh smashed garlic as well as the garlic powder. Added dash of liquid smoke & half a chipotle instead of cayenne.5 stars

  22. LOL Contemplation the universe….Made my day. Quick question, I know this is a couple of years old- But, Have you canned this? It seems like there is enough acid, from the vinegar that it would be safe.
    Thanks!5 stars

    1. Hi Karen! I have not tried canning this myself, but if you frequently can BBQ sauce, you could try following those steps here. If you decide to experiment with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  23. if I plan on using this to put in a crockpot, do I have to go through the process of heating it all up before putting it on the ribs? or can I thoroughly mix the ingredients and place in the crockpot?

    1. Hi Sasha! I haven’t tried that myself, but I think it could work. If you do decide to give it a try, I’d love to know how it comes out!

  24. Amazing! Hubby can’t tolerate cane sugar, so we swapped in honey for the molasses. We then determined we could serve it on shoe leather and still be happy. SO GOOD! Thank you for sharing this with us!5 stars

  25. I just made this with addition of the Bourbon and a touch of cayenne and it’s awesome!  I had made your instant pot ribs a while back and I had a bottle of maple bourbon BBQ sauce that I had bought at the farm where I get my veggies etc. they make their own maple syrup too and the sauce was sooo good. But … it sells for $12/bottle.  Since I was so pleased with the ribs (and I’m making them again) I thought I would try the sauce recipe and I’m not disappointed!  Next time I may use more bourbon!  Thank you. 4 stars

  26. Very disappointed in this BBQ sauce recipe. Way too much tomato paste which made it taste like pasta sauce with a hint of tang. The only thing I liked about the recipe is that it isn’t sweet. If your going made this recipe, start out with a tablespoon of tomato paste than go from there.1 star

    1. Hi Darrin, I’m sorry to hear that this recipe wasn’t to your tastes. I (and many other readers) have truly enjoyed the sauce, so I wish it would’ve been a hit for you too!

  27. Just made this bbq sauce, but I did tweak it by adding cumin powder, ground ginger, and liquid smoke. I also increased the smoked paprika to 1-tbsp. Results: delicious! So easy and quick to make. This is what I will use from now on. No more store bought bbq sauces for me. I didn’t have any maple syrup, so I substituted with brown sugar. Thanks for a great bbq recipe!5 stars

  28. Fantaastic bbq sauce. Cooked it in the microwave for about 5 minutes in a special microwave pot that i have. Also, tweaked it with the addition of 1 tablespoon liquid smoke since this is going on country ribs in the crock pot. Thanks for posting.5 stars

  29. Thank you for this recipe, I made it first time and it turned out a million times better than any store bought sauce! Definitely comparable, if not better, than restaurant bbq sauce. We used it for ribs following Erin’s instant pot ribs recipe. Still 1.5 cup of sauce left, we put it in the freezer for next time ribs or pulled chicken5 stars

      1. I believe the secret is also tasting as you go to adjust to your own tastes! Thanks! Am gonna try it.. let you know how i make out

  30. This was REALLY good! As I was making (stirring) this sauce I was reading through the reviews and I saw a couple that made me worried that this might not turn out… BUT now I’m wondering if they followed the recipe… !? I’m imagining they left out critical flavors such as molasses, Worcestershire sauce, or smoked paprika… lol,.. I dunno,.. we love it! :) Thanks5 stars

    1. Hi Laura! I have not tried canning this myself, but if you frequently can BBQ sauce, you could try following those steps here. If you decide to experiment with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  31. Wow! This was really really good and so simple to make! And so much healthier. Recipe is bookmarked! Thank you!5 stars

  32. Not a big fan it doesn’t taste like bbq at all it tastes like tomato sauce. I used it with your bbq chicken recipe. It tasted like tomato chicken. But I would use it again for a tomato recipe.2 stars

    Quite nice.
    Used in a slow cooker first sauce cover bottom,4 shoulder pork chops about 750grams sliced carrots on top 3 large carrots. Thinly sliced leek sliced apples eating 3 A must with pork, sliced potatoes cover with remaining sauce.
    Slow cook on low 4 hours.5 stars

  34. This bbq sauce is amazingly good!
    I made a double batch of this the first time. We loved it so much that I think this will be my standard batch size. It was enough to generously coat 4 pork rib racks in a crock pot, and still fill a 2-cup mason jar. I used some of it a few days later as an addition to a cheese and charcuterie board, and it was great.
    I used a jar of my home-canned tomatoes instead of grocery store tomato sauce, and I put in about 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder rather than the cayenne.
    It was super easy to make – put all the ingredients in a pot and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Done!
    We had a couple of bottles of brand-name bbq sauce in our cupboards, and we will be giving them away – we can’t go back to standard bbq sauce after making this.
    I do a lot of cooking and home-canning, partly because I have issues with onions and garlic. Most commercially-made sauces have way too much of those for me, so it is great to have a really flavourful sauce where the garlic is a subtle part, and there are no onions at all. I usually make major changes to any recipes I find online or in books, but I did almost nothing to this one – it didn’t need it.
    Thank you for the recipe!5 stars

  35. I’m cutting back on sugars. I made this and just skipped the molasses and maple syrup. Yeah, it tasted a little bit tomato-y, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. And it had 0 sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup, so that made up for it and then some. I was scraping the bottom of the pan and licking the scraper. I agree with the shoe leather comment.

    Thank you for doing the work on this and making it public where I could find it.5 stars

    1. Hi, I’m sorry to hear the recipe wasn’t to your taste. I know it’s disappointing to try a new recipe and not love it, so I truly wish you would have enjoyed this!

      1. I’m sorry to hear this wasn’t what you hope for, Kmore. Many other readers have tried it and loved it, but I know everyone has different tastes. I truly wish you would have loved it!

  36. I gleaned tips and suggestions from all the comments. I finally put them all together and made it. I liked it. It says you can refrigerate it for a week. Can it be frozen?5 stars

  37. Head’s up, Worcestershire generally isn’t vegetarian or vegan. Recipe is good, but that advice should be amended.4 stars

    1. Hi! There’s actually a variety of vegan versions available now. Isn’t that great? Thanks for your concern!

  38. This is incredible. I added 1/2 tsp liquid smoke but everything else as-is. The tomato tasting comments blow my mind because it has so much flavor you wouldn’t think tomato at all.5 stars

  39. I would like to give it 4-1/2 stars only because the ingredient “tomato sauce” covers a wide range. Were the recipe to read “Marcella Hazan’s famous 3-ingredient tomato sauce,” everybody would be on the same page. Beginners might not know that her recipe is not a commercial product. Those who like another sauce more than hers have a point of reference. The BBQ sauce recipe is nicely set forth. I’ll not be looking elsewhere.4 stars

  40. Very good. I used honey instead of maple syrup. The family likes it, especially since it doesn’t contain ketchup. 😋5 stars

    1. I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy the recipe, Lauren. Many other readers have tried it and loved it, but I know everyone has different tastes. I truly wish you would have loved it!

  41. I had not added all of the wonderful ingredients and it already smelled like BBQ sauce and the Molasses,OOh i love it .Thank you for this recipe i will hold back on the store bought for sure.5 stars

  42. I made this recipe today. My wife enjoyed the sauce although I did not. I thought there was too much of a tomato taste. Maybe if you add the bourbon and up the Worcestershire sauce. That may make the sauce come to life.3 stars

    1. Hi John! I’m sorry to hear this wasn’t what you hope for. Many other readers have tried it and loved it, but I know everyone has different tastes. I truly wish you would have loved it!

  43. This is the best recipe ever for BBQ sauce. I also feel that the ones on the store shelves are way too sweet. I made this recipe this afternoon and it is so good I can eat it with a spoon. Thank you for the time you took to develope this recipe. All your readers should try it at least once.5 stars

  44. Hi Erin
    I can’t wait to make this but I’m wondering what you in the States mean by tomato sauce?
    The stuff here in Australia called that is a red coloured and sugar loaded chemical shitstorm which I don’t like to eat. Can I make from scratch what you mean?

    1. Hi Tracey, had to do some digging on what this would look like if buying it in Australia. You are looking for pureed tomatoes or a plain pasta sauce that is made with just tomatoes. It seems your tomato sauce is equivalent to our ketchup which is NOT what is in the recipe. Hope this helps! Also there are multiple recipes online for homemade tomato sauce that you might like if interested in making your own.