Barbecue Sauce Recipes - Fast and Easy

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Barbecue sauces have been used to give grilled meat that extra measure of flavor. According to Wikipedia; "The precise origin of barbecue sauce is unclear. Some trace it to the end of the 15th century, when Christopher Columbus brought a sauce back from Hispaniola , while others place it at the formation of the first American colonies in the 17th century"

Barbecue sauce can be applied after cooking or while the meat is still on the grill. Below is my barbecue sauce recipe. It's been a favorite at our grill outs for many years. It's an excellent choice to enhance beef, chicken, pork and lamb. It also makes a great dipping sauce. It's simple to prepare and taste delicious.

My Barbecue Sauce Recipe

1-24 ounce bottle of ketchup
2 tsp. worcheshire sauce
1/4 cup Italian dressing
2 tsp. honey
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. liquid smoke(optional)
2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 bay leaves Sauté onions in olive oil until caramelized. Add remaining ingredients and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove bay leaves. It's ready to use. Store in refrigerator.

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This sauce is a great companion to any kind of grilled meat; beef, chicken, pork or fish. It's also an excellent choice for grilled veggies.

One of the most treasured traditions in America is the great outdoor barbecue. We love to grill everything from meat to vegetables and fruit.

Everyone has their own particular method of when and how they use sauce while cooking up their grilled specialties. Some people choose to brush or dab the sauce on at the start of cooking, while others wait until the meat is completely finished and then add the sauce. Still there are those that continually brush the sauce on (every few minutes) to get that baked on flavor. My method is the later one, I like the baked on-hard crust exterior, so I add the sauce during the entire cooking process.

I love experimenting and creating new new sauces to enhance the flavor of our grilled favorites. I would like to share one of my favorite barbecue sauce recipes with you.

Even if you've never attempted to make your own homemade barbecue sauce before, you should give this a try. It's very simple to make and is sure to be a hit at your next grill-out.


1 cup ketchup (any brand)

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tsp. honey

1 teaspoon crushed black pepper(or pepper to taste)

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon dehydrated chopped onions

1 teaspoon Rum or Rum flavoring

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 can tomato paste

(optional )To add a little heat; sprinkle sauce mixture with a 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes


In mixing bowl add all the ingredients, starting with the ketchup and tomato paste. Stir to mix together. Cover and let stand 10 minutes, so that the flavors can infuse.

Apply to your meat and/or vegetables as desired.

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2 tbsp. olive oil
3 garlic cloves -chopped
1/2 onion - chopped
1 jalepeno
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
32 ounce bottle ketchup
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup honey
1 tbsp worchestire sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp. celery seed

In a 10" skillet, on low heat; add the 2 tbsp. olive oil, 3 garlic cloves -chopped, 1/2 onion - chopped and
1 jalapeno-sliced and saute until tender. Then add the remaining ingredients. Stir to mix. Let come to a rolling boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 - 6 minutes.

Enjoy !

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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Mrs. J.B., you always say such nice things. I really appreciate your thoughtful comments and really enjoy reading your hubs. To get this kind of praise from such a talented lady is awesome. Thanks.

By the way, I don't have a beautiful home, nor stunning gardens. We had a fire in May of last year and lost everything, even our treasured pictures. These days, we live in a small rented home, but there's still great food, fun times and new memories to create. I'm happy and grateful.

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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Your home must be gorgeous, your gardens simply stunning and your meals to die for. I wish I lived next door!!! You are so creative. I love that. Bookmarked. I have to make that BBQ sauce.

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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Hi Delores, glad you got some new ideas here. Barbecue chicken thighs taste great even if they weren't cheap. great party idea. Thanks for commenting.

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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Thanks for the BBQ sauce recipes. It's that time of year again. I cook a lot of chicken thighs on the grill for parties (they are cheap) and it's great to have some new ideas.

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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Hi Kashmir, These recipes for barbecue are really easy to prepare and taste delicious. Thanks for reading and voting.

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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Becky, these great BBQ recipes sound so good i will have to try them, thanks !

Awesome and useful !!!

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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Carrie, Thanks for commenting.

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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

This recipe sounds really good Becky. may give it a try, thanks

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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Hi Peggy, It is delicious and a little something different. Thanks for commenting.

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Italian dressing! I would never have thought about adding that to a barbecue sauce recipe. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the recipe.

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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Dave, that's a great idea. Thanks for commenting.

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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

This sauce sounds yummie I'll give this a try for sure. I might try adding some dried hot pepper flakes to spice it up a little though.

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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

ankigarg87, it is good :) thanks for commenting.

ankigarg87 6 years ago

Hmmm... Looks really great.

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