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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8 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!

  3. Thank you for this barbecue sauce recipe. I already love it. I’ll try if I can cook this and save it in jars. Then I can make more of the bbq sauce. And give it as a nice present to my friends and acquaintances. I will share this recipe. Thanks again for this recipe.

    1. Canning and gifting this sauce is a great idea!  Canning is not something I’ve tried to do but I think I’m ready to take the plunge.  Thank you for suggesting it.

  4. I enjoyed checking out how to make sweet BBQ sauce from scratch. Thank you!

    I have discovered that when the sauce is too spicy or tart, I can try adding brown sugar, molasses, and/or honey to even things out. The results have been awesome. Now, it can’t be regular white sugar because you’d ruin it!

    1. That’s the beauty of making this sauce from scratch.  It’s easy to adjust the ingredients to suit your own individual taste and sweeteners are a great way to even out the tartness of tomatoes.  I also use them when making tomato soup and spaghetti sauce!

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