Homemade BBQ Sauce – Easy No Cook – Caramel and Spice

Easy no cook bbq sauce recipe

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The Easy No Cook homemade BBQ sauce is full of flavor and perfectly balanced between sweet, sour, smoked and savory elements. Made with simple and healthy pantry staples, this sauce surpasses anything you can buy at the store. Try this easy and delicious BBQ sauce when you want that flavor made from scratch, no cooking required! Once you see how simple it is, you may never buy prepared BBQ sauce again.

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This homemade BBQ sauce recipe starts with spicy tomato ketchup, Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar, which are complemented by the rich flavor of Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika and sweet brown sugar. You can even add some chili peppers if you like your hot sauce. Once you have your ingredients, all you need to do is mix everything and you’re done! So step away from the bottled sauce aisle – there’s no excuse to buy a pre-made BBQ sauce that’s full of preservatives when it’s so easy to make this healthy and delicious homemade version.

Why you’ll love this sweet homemade barbecue sauce!

  • Beautifully balanced flavors: sweet, tampy and umami come together to transform their simple ingredients into a wonderful meal in no time
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  • Comes together in less than 5 minutes
  • Made from regular ingredients from your pantry.
  • A big hit with the whole family!

Go ahead and prepare a batch of this delicious uncooked BBQ sauce to liven up your weekday dinners. And don’t be afraid to get creative: sure, it tastes great in chicken, but you can also use it as a pizza sauce, put it in burgers and hot dogs, or even add it to your Bloody Mary cocktails. Feel free to modify the recipe for different uses or to suit different tastes. Once you try this easy BBQ sauce, you’ll want to put it in everything. But don’t worry if you run out, you can do more in minutes!

List of ingredients


  • ingredients Ketchup: Use any brand of ketchup you may have. The best part about using ketchup is that it already has spices and flavors. To reduce carbs, choose a low-carb version.

Brown sugar

  • : Brown sugar contains calories similar to white sugar.

Worcestershire Sauce

  • : Widely available in supermarkets, most Worcestershire (pronounced wu.stuh.shuh) contain malt vinegar, anchovies, tamarind, onions, garlic and spices. This gives our BBQ sauce a beautiful umami punch. If you are allergic to fish, simply omit this ingredient.

The above ingredients make a basic 3-ingredient barbecue sauce recipe.

Vinegar for additional

  • ingredients: For this recipe, we have used apple cider vinegar. Compared to white vinegar, apple cider vinegar is less acidic and has a rich brown color that adds to its deep color.

Smoked paprika

  • : Add a little kick to your sauce with smoked paprika. Smoked paprika is quite mild, but imparts a beautiful smoky flavor to food. The smoky flavor is a nice addition if you’re not smoking your food over charcoal. Peferct for cooking in oven, air fryer, instant pot or stove.
  • Salt: Since this easy brown sugar barbecue sauce has ketchup as the main ingredient, start with a very low amount of salt and work your way up to a teaspoon. Just test on the fly. In fact, if the meat is seasoned earlier, you can skip the salt altogether.
  • Pepper: Ground black pepper will mix well and impart a pleasant flavor to your food.
  • Mustard: I’ve added Dijon mustard to add a strong spicy flavor to this easy BBQ sauce.

Optional ingredients

: Cayenne pepper

  • : (Optional) If you want to raise the heat a little, add cayenne pepper.

Garlic powder and

  • onion powder: These tend to add depth to the original flavors of sauces and sauces, but since both ketchup and Worcestershire sauces have them, we’ve omitted them here


What can I serve this easy-to-cook

, homemade barbecue sauce

with? This homemade barbecue sauce recipe is so versatile that it can be used in many things.

Jalepeno PoppersPotato WedgesMushroom BurgersCorn on the CobPork RibsSlow-Cooked Shredded PorkBurgersBarbecue Chicken ThighsChicken Wingsbeef BrisketsKebabsShrimpFishBBq Meatlover’s PizzaMeatMeatsBaked BeansChicken NuggetsFish FingersBBQ Chicken Salad

How long will it be stored in the fridge?

This sauce does not contain much water. You can keep this refrigerated for 3-4 weeks. Honestly, it’s so versatile and pairs so well with everything, that I haven’t had to last more than one weekend. Potato wedges with sour cream and BBQ sauce to win!

Can this sauce be frozen?

yes! Pour the sauce into freezer-safe containers or silicone ice trays and store them in the freezer for about 3 months.

Can you make this BBQ sauce without brown sugar?

yes. Simply substitute brown sugar with simple sugar, honey or maple sugar. White sugar will need a good shake to make sure it dissolves well.

Variations – Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce – Replace brown sugar with equal volume of honeyWalnut BBQ sauce – add 1/2 teaspoon of liquid walnut smokeHomemade spicy BBQ sauce – add a tablespoon of

spicy red frank sauce or low-carb sriracha sauce Low-carb BBQ sauce – Replace regular ketchup with a low-carb version. Replace 1/2 cup sugar with 3/4 cup erythritol. Erythritol is about 70% as sweet as sugar and therefore needs more quantity.

What is the vegan alternative to Worcestershire sauce?

You can use

Hoisin sauce (check it’s soy-based) or soy sauce as a substitute. Just skip the salt if you use soy.

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