Homemade BBQ Sauce

BBQ season might be just about over where I live but hopefully not!!!  This homemade BBQ sauce was very tasty & I liked making it myself!

The recipe is from Bon Appetit…here is a link to the recipe.*** I did not have smoky paprika so I just used what I have..regular paprika.

The sauce was thin, I thought it would have been thicker but the flavour was good! & this recipe made a good amount so I had some left over sauce I stored in the refrigerator & I used it to marinate a flank steak that I bbq’d! It tasted great:)

This sauce takes about an hour to simmer on the stove…so it would be good to make it a day ahead if you don’t have the time the same day you want to use it.

I used this sauce on chicken the first time.

Here is the recipe


2 tbsp oil

1/4 cup tomato paste

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp black pepper

12 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup orange juice

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup molasses

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp mustard powder

3 cups water



  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan
  2. Add the tomato paste & cook  until it turns a dark red, which the recipe says takes about 2 minutes…
  3. Now, add the dry spices,,, the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper & black pepper & stir…. cook for about 1 minute or do until the spices become fragrant
  4. Add the vinegar, orange juice, brown sugar, molasses, worcestershire sauce & mustard powder, mix well
  5. Stir in the water
  6. Cook the sauce for about 50-60 minutes.. until the sauce has reduced by about half.
  7. Season with salt
  8. Use this sauce on chicken … season chicken pieces & cook on the grill until you have some grill marks..put some bbq sauce inot a bowl keeping most of it in the pot….then baste the chicken with this bbq sauce often! You wont be able to reuse the sauce that you are basting the chicken with, so best to put a small amount in a bowl & add more if needed. Refrigerate the balance of the sauce that you have not dipped into! If you have bbq sauce leftover that you are usuing to baste the chicken, throw it out!



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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

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