Quick BBQ Sauce


I thought I got a recipe for quick barbecue sauce from the co-host of my food talk show on Wild Planet Radio. (Mainly because I vaguely recall him giving me a recipe about two years ago.) But when I glanced at this draft, it was apparently sent to me by my Grandma. (Then I realized the recipe Matthew gave me had an exceedingly longer list of ingredients than what’s listed below.)

The recipe my grandma sent me was perfect the perfect one to make this weekend. I needed a quick sauce to go with pulled pork. I’ve also used this sauce to slather across some ribs. I halved the recipe and adapted it slightly. The below recipe makes just under one pint of sauce.

I cannot emphasize just how easy this sauce is to make in case the idea of making homemade BBQ sauce is daunting. All you have to do is add all the ingredients to a pot, mix and heat thoroughly!  If you think two tablespoons of hot sauce is a lot like I did, you can eyeball the amount and adjust at the end if you think the sauce needs a bit more bite.


  • ¾ c. ketchup
  • ½ c. packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ c. red wine vinegar
  • ¼ c. water
  • ¼ c. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 T. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2  T. hot sauce (I used Louisiana Hot Sauce)
  • 1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper


***Mix ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, water, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, mustard, garlic powder, hot sauce, salt and pepper in a small pot. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

Recipe rating: 

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