Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce


Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

2 cups tomato sauce

½ cup tomato paste

¼ cup maple syrup or honey

¼ cup molasses

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons paprika

1 tsp dry mustard

1 tsp garlic powder

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

½ tsp cayenne pepper (use more or less to taste)


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.  Simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes.

Yield:  2 ½ cups barbecue sauce.

Serving size:  2 tbsp, 55 calories per serving

Hack:  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


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4 Replies to “Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce”

  1. I remember the day somebody told me BBQ sauce was based with ketchup and it blew my mind.  Then I learned how much sugar was in ketchup and I swore off the stuff then and there.  I’ve started making my own hot sauces so I think I’ll use this recipe as well since I see that it doesn’t actually use ketchup!  This is definitely a healthier alternative to the sauces we usually consume on a daily basis.  It seems cheaper than using store bought stuff but the only downside is that it doesn’t keep as long.

    1. I was surprised at how easy it is to make my own sauces and they’re soooo much healthier than the store-bought versions.  I package my sauces in half cup portions and freeze them.  They’ll keep for 3 months!

  2. I love barbecue sauce, I love them on my ribs or the burnt ends. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe. I am sure that I can make a batch and marinade that on my ribs and also add a bit when I grill the meat. How long do you think the sauce will last in the fridge? 

    1. The sauce will last up to 5 days in the fridge.  I usually package mine in 1/2 cup portions and freeze it.  That way it will last for 3 months!

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