barbecue sauces

4 Homemade Barbecue Sauces That MUST Make It Into Your Rotation This Season

While neither of my parents ever really grilled or barbecued much or ever, I still got some opportunities to enjoy food like ribs that generally require a barbecue sauce of some type.

When I was a kid, and I was eating way too many chicken nuggets, barbecue was my favorite sauce. The bit of spice, the tartness. Everything about it just screamed my name. I still love barbecue, but my SO doesn’t which means that I don’t get it very often.

Luckily for me, my family is doing a bunch of ribs for the 4th of July. I have taken it upon myself to find and taste test the barbecue sauces we’ll be using! A different kind for each rack of ribs. Holla!

There are 4 recipes in this post. You’ll find them in the following pages in the following order:

  1. Good Ol’ Fashioned Barbecue Sauce
  2. Raspberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
  3. Maple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
  4. Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Check out these awesome recipes on the next pages! You won’t be disappointed!

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Looking for a good ol’ fashioned bbq sauce? Well, you’ve found it right here. It claims the title of best, and I must say that it has earned that title. It is absolutely outstanding! Feel free to use it on anything that you’d like: ribs, pork, chicken, etc.

Thanks to Alaina at The Belle Vie Blog for this FABULOUS recipe!


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 8 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne


  1. Add all ingredients to a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to simmer and allow to simmer for 45 minutes-1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat, allow to cool before storing it in the fridge!

NOTE: if you want more spice, add more cayenne and less sugar 🙂

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Another reason I’ve been looking at barbecue sauces is that my dear friend makes these rockin pulled pork tacos. He smokes the pork for like 5 or 6 hours. Then it’s put on top of a corn tortilla. He then sprinkles on some queso fresco, and finally? Barbecue sauce. He says he wants a homemade one this time. This raspberry chipotle barbecue sauce would be fantastic over pork or chicken, and maybe even some shrimp???

Thanks to Krista at Joyful Healthy Eats for this FABULOUS recipe!


  • ½ cup of red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1½ large chipotle peppers, minced {from can of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce}
  • 2 pints of raspberries
  • 15 oz. tomato sauce


  1. Heat a large saute pan to medium high heat, add olive oil and red onion.
  2. Saute for 2-3 minutes until onions are translucent, add garlic cloves and chipotle peppers. Stir and saute for 30 seconds.
  3. Next add in tomato sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and liquid smoke. Stir until brown sugar is dissolved.
  4. Add in raspberries, stir and bring to a boil.
  5. Once boiling reduce heat to simmer and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stirring on occasion.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

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All right, we’re half way through this list and now we’re on number three of four! Who doesn’t like maple and bourbon together? Honestly, it’s a classic. This maple bourbon barbecue sauce will make your taste buds sing. Everyone at your cook out with be thoroughly impressed. Rich in flavor, it goes perfectly with potatoes, chicken, pork, ribs, and anything else you can think of!

Thanks to Alyssa at My Sequined Life for this FABULOUS recipe!


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup bourbon, to taste
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey mustard
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp hot sauce, to taste


  1. All all ingredients to a sauce pan set over medium heat and stir so that everything is evenly combined. Let mixture cook until it reaches a boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. Once boiling, reduce heat to low or low-medium and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes as the sauce reduces. Once sauce has thickened to your liking, let cool and store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

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Finally, the last recipe! It’s sort of a staple, but it’s so good it couldn’t NOT be on the list. It’s Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce. The extra depth of flavor you get from the soda is phenomenal. It’s not the healthiest, but man, oh, man! It tastes great!!

Thanks to Milisa at Miss in the Kitchen for this FABULOUS recipe!


  • 12 oz Dr. Pepper
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon liquide smoke
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic


  1. Add all ingredients to a large sauce pan and whisk to combine. Place over medium-high heat and cook, stirring often until mixture just starts to bubble. Lower to simmer and cook 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

For more fabulous recipes and great food photos visit the original source at: Miss in the Kitchen

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