Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Summertime is barbecue season, and the perfect time to try making your own barbecue sauce. Whether you're travel nursing or relaxing at your home base, you still want to keep your healthy lifestyle going. Unfortunately, there can be a lot of unexpected ingredients in bottled barbecue sauce from the store. If you make your own, you control the amount of salt and sugar -- and can pretty much eliminate anything artificial. Plus, it's super easy and delicious.

12 ounces canned tomato paste
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbl Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp liquid smoke
1 tsp smoked or sweet paprika
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup water - plus more if needed
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized saucepan, adding the water last. Start with about 1/2 cup of water, add a little more at a time, until the mixture is a little thinner than store-bought barbecue sauce.
  2. Bring to a low boil at medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently, for 20 minutes, until the sauce is slightly thickened.
  3. Taste, add honey, cayenne or salt to your preference.
  4. Allow to cool and employ in your usual barbecuing application. We like to dip chicken in this and grill. It can also be brushed on burgers, corn, ribs or any of your favorites.
Prep Time: 
10 minutes
Cook Time: 
20 minutes
Filed Under: 
Side Dish