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Homemade BBQ Sauce

BBQ, Sauce -

Let our resident BBQ enthusiast, Matt, show you how to make a delicious homemade BBQ sauce from scratch...

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a glass jar containing homemade bbq sauce with a white label on it reading 'matts bbq sauce'

Prep: 5 Minutes

Cook: 20 Minutes

Total: 25 Minutes

Category: sauce

Skill: easy

Cuisine: Barbecue

Yield: Serves 16

If you don't know by now, it's fair to say I am a big BBQ enthusiast. I love cooking outside over fire and get a real buzz from creating my own recipes, dry rubs, and sauces. New recipes usually take me a very long time to get right, as I'm a bit of a perfectionist (which I definitely blame Shirley for), and I have been working on my BBQ sauce recipe for ages. It's been a lot of work and I've gone through many different variations and methods, but I really think this one ticks all my boxes. Sweet and sticky, smokey, yet a slight sharpness cutting through from the vinegar. Anyway, no BBQ lover is worth their salt unless they have their own sauce recipe, so here is mine. Don't forget to let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments below.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 75g dark muscovado sugar
  • 2 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcester sauce
  • 2 splash lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp corn flour (optional)
  • 1 tbsp water (optional)


  1. Add the olive oil to a large saucepan and warm over a medium heat.
  2. Add the onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and mustard powder and cook through for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato puree and stir together.
  4. Add the chopped tinned tomatoes, malt vinegar, and Worcester sauce and stir together.
  5. Add the sugar and bring the sauce up to a boil over a high heat. Make sure to keep stirring so it doesn't start to burn or stick to the saucepan.
  6. Once the sauce starts to thicken reduce the heat to a simmer and add the lemon juice.
  7. Use a hand held blender to blend the sauce into a smooth paste.
  8. If you like your sauce thicker, combine 1 tbsp of corn flour with 1 tbsp of water and mix into a paste, then add the paste to the sauce. Stir the sauce until the paste is fully mixed. Cook for 2 minutes over medium heat to allow the cornstarch to mix into the sauce.


  • Stir in 1/2 tsp of liquid spoke just before adding the lemon juice, if you like your sauce extra smokey.

Written by Matthew Rhoades

Matt is our full time tea maker/web designer/delivery driver/butcher/accountant/social media man who you'll often find bickering with Dennis. Our MD with a passion for great meat and great customer service. When he's not at work he'll be creating recipes and probably barbecuing something somewhere, or making bacon jam. He loves it!!

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1 comment

This is a great recipe to use if you’re on a low fodmap diet, we just used infused oils instead of the garlic and onion powder! We had it on some chicken strips on wraps and was delicious. Thanks True Bites :)


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