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10 Minute Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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This Homemade Barbecue Sauce is a quick and easy 10-minute recipe packed with sweet and spicy flavor that elevates all your BBQ favorites, from chicken to beef, skewers, ribs, and more.

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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.

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

Secret Ingredient in Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Spanish Pimenton, or Spanish paprika, is 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.”

Phoenix New Times

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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10 Minute Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 25 servings
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.


Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue sauce, homemade barbecue sauce

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