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My mother-in-law gave me this BBQ sauce recipe over twenty four years ago. A mixture of tangy ingredients, onion and brown sugar creates a tasty sauce! This will keep in the fridge for several weeks.

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IngredientsServes: 16

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 4 tablespoons vinegar
  • 125ml water
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke flavouring

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:30min ›Ready in:40min

  1. In a medium saucepan, mix lemon juice, onion, vinegar, water, brown sugar, mustard, ground black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper and vegetable oil. Bring to the boil, then simmer uncovered 20 minutes.
  2. Stir ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke flavouring into the mixture. Return to the boil, then remove from heat. Refrigerate until ready for use.


Liquid smoke flavouring is available to order online and in some specialty shops. If unavailable, the BBQ sauce can be made without it with good results.

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Reviews in English (125)

I followed the recipe exactly and there was way too much vinegar in the finished product. Maybe the person providing the recipe used a big spoon as a tablespoon, like my mother used to, where a tablespoon of ketchup would be heaped and the vinegar would be level, if you know what I mean. If you use measuring spoons you'll only need one tablespoon of vinegar. I had to add 5 and a half tablespoons of extra sugar to counteract the taste of vinegar it was that strong, so the finished product was probably different to what this recipe should've led to, but nonetheless gave me a sweet BBQ sauce. Also, this recipe doesn't mention what to do with the onions once cooked - strain or leave in? I split the sauce, strained the onions to make a nice smooth dip for chips and the other half left the onions in to pour over cooked chicken wings. Oh and I only put in quarter of a tsp of black pepper - together with the cayenne and mustard there was still a little kick to the aftertaste.-21 Jan 2017

It was lovely. Absolutly delicious, i will recommend it and make it again. My only criticism would be i think it was a little too thin, I would've made it a bit thicker by adding some flour or cornflour. Very good recipe.-10 Jun 2015

I've made a few varients on this a few times and the result each time (in my opinion) has been delicious. Firstly, due to my lack of liquid smoke, I added a few tsps smoked paprika and half a jar of Chipotle paste. It had a great smokey flavour and a wee kick too! That said, Some of my guests found it too hot, others wanted it hotter! So now, I make two batches. One has the added smoked paprika and chipotle paste, but no liquid smoke or cayenne - and the kids love it! The other has a much bigger kick! As well as the smoked paprika and chipotle paste, I increase the cayenne and add dried chilli flakes too! There's nobody complaining that it ain't hot enough now! Many thanks to Bob and his mo-in-law for the recipe. It's become a staple in my kitchen.-24 Feb 2015

Pepsi BBQ Sauce

If you happen to have some Pepsi around or are able to get it for cheap right now, you can use some of it to make this barbecue sauce! This sauce is tangy with a bright BBQ flavor. Give it a try! My kids adore it. I realize that Pepsi is full of sugar, but other than that, you know exactly what is going into your sauce! Most of the time you don’t know when you purchase a sauce what exactly has been put into it! But this way you can be sure! Plus, it is a good thing just to mix things up every once and awhile! We can all get bored of just the regular barbecue sauce!

It is pretty easy to make this recipe! Chop up the onion, mince the garlic, then saute it with the butter until the onion is translucent and soft. That is pretty much the extent of the prep, other than measuring out a few other ingredients! It will take just minutes to prepare and that is the best part! Sometimes I have a hard time doing DIYs if it ends up taking forever! I have kids to tend to, a house to clean, chores to do, and MANY other things on my to-do list each day. The reason why I love this recipe is that is honestly takes no time and is so delicious!

The key to this recipe is the special ingredients! Here’s the special ingredient! Pepsi. It doesn’t matter if it comes in a can or a bottle or whatever, just use what you have or whichever is cheapest. One batch of the sauce calls for 6 ounces of Pepsi, which is about 3/4 cup.

I have not tried this recipe with any other cola soda pop, but my guess is that any would probably work fine as well. Especially with one similar like Coke! Give it a try if you are feeling adventurous!

The only other ingredients are Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, white vinegar, and ketchup. Easy. I almost always have those things on hand. I have the majority of these ingredients in my stock pile or they are on my list each week to buy at the store! This is an awesome recipe to have for when your barbecue sauce runs out and you need to whip something up fast!

After simmering for one hour, I end up with right about 2 cups of sauce. So one batch of this recipe yields about 2 cups, but it may vary depending on how long you let it simmer. I have had success portioning and freezing homemade barbecue sauce before, so if you don’t use it all, you can refrigerate it for a while or freeze it for even longer!

Etymology of the Word "Barbecue"

Some etymologists believe the word �rbecue” is derived from the word �rabicu” in the languages of both the Timacua people of Florida and the Taíno of the Caribbean, which literally translates “sacred fire pit.” Bon Appetit magazine claims the word comes from an ancient tribe in Guyana who 𠇌heerfully spit-roasted captured enemies.” Others claim the word comes from the French phrase �rbe a queue” meaning 𠇏rom head to tail."

The One and Only Texas Famous Rudy’s BBQ Sauce Recipe

Rudy’s BBQ sauce recipe is a signature sauce from Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q. The restaurant was built in Leon Springs, one of the many districts in San Antonio of Texas in 1989. The privately owned restaurant serves turkey, brisket, beef, ribs, pulled pork, sausages, ribs, and breakfast tacos. It also offers side dishes such as pickled carrots, coleslaw, creamed corn, stew, baked potatoes, potato salad, and bread by half loaf or the whole. Since the restaurant’s first establishment, nowadays there are approximately 34 locations in which the restaurant is operated. The locations include Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Colorado.

As of March 2018, the restaurant is now headquartered at 1514 Ranch Road 620 South Lakeway, Texas 78734, United States. The founder of the restaurant was Rudolph Aue, the son of Max Aue who, in the 1800s, established a small community of the previously mentioned Leon Springs in Texas. Rudolph actually built the restaurant for the first time in 1929 as a part of his business combinations which include an automobile repair, a filling station, a grocery store, and a shop. The country store and barbecue then was added in 1989 to combine the restaurant with the grocery to create a country store vibe.

The restaurant’s signature food includes the barbecue which 100% made from meats smoked on oak wood and its trademark spices especially made in house. The restaurant’s meats are different with the typical Texas meats which are smoked on Mesquite. Therefore, it makes the restaurant unique as it has its own signature meats as well as specialty in crafting the best quality food possible for its customers. For the beverages, similar to other restaurants, it serves beer and soda and features selections from the regional. As we all now live in a postmodern world, even you can make your own Rudy’s BBQ Sauce Recipe directly from your kitchen. Here are the steps to make it.

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Learn how to make a homemade BBQ mop sauce recipe that will take your grilling to the next level!

Not only will this mop sauce bring your summer barbecue game to the next level, but you can use it for multiple dishes! It's easy to make my BBQ mop sauce, and you can use it as a quick marinade, put a few tablespoons in your burger meat mixture, or add a few tablespoons to your homemade BBQ sauce. Whatever you use it for, the flavor will be incredible.

&bull How to make a homemade BBQ sauce &bull

What is a BBQ mop?

I know what you might be thinking right about now. Mop sauce? Like, with a real mop? Well kind of. That's where the idea came from, but now we just use tiny mops, that are super adorable, and are made just for cooking and grilling. They are perfect to use with your homemade BBQ mop sauce recipe. These little mops can be used a few times. After use, just soak them in soapy water for a bit, then wash with your hands. Let air dry. It may get a little stained from the caramelized meat, but it should last through 2 to 3 washings. You can also get the silicone mops, but I find they don't work as well with this thin mop sauce.

BBQ Sauce Ingredients

  • brown sugar
  • ketchup
  • apple cider vinegar (see note)
  • paprika
  • onion powder
  • black pepper
  • worcestershire sauce
  • kosher salt

“This is the only BBQ sauce you will ever need, better than store bought and so easy to do!”

Recipes to Use Hawaiian Teriyaki Sauce on:

You can use the Huli Huli sauce as a marinade overnight before cooking. You&rsquoll get these super yummy caramelized dark bits when it grills so you&rsquoll want to watch it closely so it doesn&rsquot burn.

I usually baste my grilled meats, ribs often while it&rsquos grilling so it gets a nice thick crust while it cooks.

If you want to cook chicken in a slow cooker you can dump the sauce in the slow cooker over the chicken and let it cook all day. To get the crunchy caramelization like you get on a grill you can pop them in the broiler for 5 &ndash 10 minutes watching to make sure they don&rsquot burn.

Basting Hawaiian Chicken Skewers for Gilling!



I&rsquod love it if you enjoy this recipe if you&rsquod comment and rate the recipe 5 stars in the recipe card. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Best Ever Homemade BBQ Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Once you try this epic homemade BBQ sauce, you&rsquoll never want to have the bottled BBQ sauce ever again! This barbecue sauce has so much soul, such deep flavor, so finger-lickin&rsquo good!

OMG! This sauce has such complex flavor dimensions: a little spicy, a little sweet, a little sour, a little smokey, A LOT amazing! Lick your fingers clean, super clean! Not just fingers &ndash you&rsquoll want to eat that mouthwatering homemade BBQ sauce with a spoon straight from a bowl!

Do you like your BBQ sauce chunky or smooth? Decisions, decisions! I like mine chunky, so that&rsquos what you see on these pictures :) Want it smooth? No problem, it&rsquos the same recipe! To make your barbecue sauce smooth, just process it in a blender to desired consistency. Yes, it&rsquos as simple as that!

This homemade BBQ sauce makes the plainest dishes come alive! Just a dash of this magic sauce transforms an ordinary piece of chicken, meat or fish into a finger-licking goodness!

Brush this barbecue sauce on foods before baking, roasting or grilling. Then brush some more at the end, for the last 5 minutes of cooking! And don&rsquot forget an extra bowl of this BBQ sauce for dipping, because everybody will want more and more!

Here are some amazing recipes that will be awesome to go with this homemade BBQ sauce: baked barbecue sausages, BBQ chicken grilled cheese, grilled chicken kabobs, hot dog skewers and crispy breaded chicken!

BBQ Sauce Recipe

On your competition ribs, you sprayed some juices to keep your ribs moist. If you don’t mind giving me a little more details on the measurement and ingredients. I would surely appreciate it.
Thanks Chuck “BBQ” Baker
P.S. I’ve followed your method of queuing and became the talk of my family. Now I’m in charge of all the cooking on holidays.

I typically use a basic mop of:

1 cup Apple Juice
1/4 cup Garlic Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 cup Water

Pour all ingredients into container. Shake well and keep refrigerated.

You can substitute Italian dressing for the oil and vinegar.

Hey Killer Hogs ( Mr Reed)
I have been watching you sents frist of the year. You have took my smoking to a hole never level.
Thank you for shareing your recipes. I can honestly say every recipe I have tried has turn out. ( The family, family reuions, all get togethers love it so much. I always gave you the cridit.)
Thought : Utub is great but a recipe book would be great to follow alone would be like know other recipe book out there. Just a thought. Jeffery

Hi Malcolm, the whole family loves this sauce, some say it’s the best they’ve had. One question though: How long do you think it can be kept in the fridge? I’ve been making half recipes so that I don’t have too much extra, but if I did a full recipe, how would you recommend storing it and for how long? Thanks!

In the fridge it will last a few weeks.

What are you using for dry rub in the above recipe for your bbq sauce?

I’m using Killer Hogs The BBQ Rub

Hi Malcom, I’m from Argentina and love your videos, learned a lot of the American BBQ watching you. We dont habe a lot of sauces here, and I can’t buy your Vinegar Sauce here. Do you have a recipe or guide ?

I recommend the book, “Paul Kirk’s Championship Barbecue Sauces: 175 Make-Your-Own Sauces, Marinades, Dry Rubs, Wet Rubs, Mops and Salsas”

Malcolm…can we buy The BBQ sauce in a gallon?

What brand of chili sauce are you using for this recipe?

you have inspired me to as a cook buy a medow creek ts120 and bbq right. it has been awesome and i use your products there are the best

I’m new to smoking, just got first smoker for Father’s day. Been playing around with chicken, but going to follow your St. Louis spare ribs on the 4th of July! I’ve really enjoyed your videos and hoping for a success! Thanks for very enjoying lessons!

I purchased your BBQ sauce. did not see an expiration date on the bottle. how long is it good for?

All Killer Hogs rubs and sauces have a 2 year shelf life – and they don’t really go bad, but begin to lose their potency over time.
The best way to store rub is in a cool, dry place in an air-tight container. Mason jars and ziplock bags work great for storing rub.

What do you use for Hot Sauce?

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I’m Malcom Reed and these are my recipes. I spend my life cooking – mostly slow-smoked barbecue.

Every week I share a new recipe on my HowToBBQRight YouTube Channel. And I travel the country cooking in over 20 competition barbecue and World Steak Cookoff contests each year as Killer Hogs barbecue team.