A 10-Minute Simple Barbecue Sauce That’s Sweet and a Tad Spicy

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If you have 10 minutes, you have time to make a Simple Barbecue Sauce that’s both sweet and spicy. And utterly delicious.

It’s called Spanish Pimenton, or Spanish paprika, a spice that gives this simple BBQ sauce its distinctive flavor.

And it’s easy to make at home for all your grilling, searing, and baking needs.

Whether it’s a summer BBQ, potluck, tailgating party, or game day grilling.

Have you used Spanish Pimenton before? If not, it’s a versatile spice I like to keep in my pantry.

Here’s a note on the difference between the more commonly known Hungarian paprika and Spanish Pimenton.

Phoenix New Times wrote an excellent article on the origins and differences of paprika. They say, “Paprika, in Hungarian and other European languages, refers to the dried spice and the pepper its made from. The Spanish word for the spice is Pimenton. Until recently Hungarian paprika found in U.S. markets was limited to a sweet variety. Versions with heat are showing up on grocery store shelves with more frequency.”

Spanish Pimenton is made either dulce-sweet, agridulce-bittersweet with medium heat or spiciness, and picante-hot. I lean toward dulce.

While I love to keep pimenton in my spice cabinet (it’s delicious when added to a slow cooker pot roast), when I run out, I do use regular paprika in this barbecue sauce recipe.

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A 10 Minute Simple Barbecue Sauce That’s Sweet and a Tad Spicy

An easy to make simple BBQ sauce you’ll love. Use it immediately, or store it in the fridge for up to a month. Making your own barbecue sauce is worth the 10 minutes it takes to make.

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons pimenton (smoked paprika)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)


Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened slightly. If using, add liquid smoke. Use immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 month.

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her family.

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