Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce RecipeWhen it comes to barbecue sauce, I’m all about using homemade. With that said, I will use bottled sauces when I’m pressed for time. My husband and I both have GI issues, so we typically stay away from the one’s that are super-spicy and go for ones that are sweet-and-tangy. In my book, the sweeter, the better.

We like using this Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce when we make grilled chicken and have also used it on pork chops and ribs too! You can check out our other Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe and the Teriyaki Chicken Wings with Hot Mango Dipping Sauce Recipe right here on our blog!

Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce Recipe

2 cups light brown sugar
2 cups cider vinegar
1/2 cup catsup
1/2 cup hot sauce
1/2 cup molasses
dash of salt and ground black pepper

Place all of the above ingredients in a 3-quart saucepan and simmer over low heat for approximately 45 minutes. You’ll need to stir it every 10 minutes to keep it from getting lumpy and sticking.

Option: If you don’t want to make it on the stove-top, you can place all of the ingredients into a small-sized slow cooker and simmer it over the low heat setting for 2 hours, stirring it every 20-30 minutes.

Once the sauce has been prepared, you can brush it over chicken or pork. Bake or grill until your preferred meat is done.

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  1. What a perfect homemade sauce for ribs or chicken on the grill. I think this would be good too to put over chicken or chops and bake in the oven.

  2. Friederike says:

    Thank you for sharing. We usually make BBQ sauce several times a year, depending on what fresh ingredients are good at the time. What kind of hot sauce do you use? When I try this recipe we will probably add some garlic to it, since that is just one of those staple ingredients in our house.

  3. Peggy Nunn says:

    I have always wanted to try and make my own BBQ sauce. I will try this one. Thank you.

  4. The only thing I’d add to this sauce is some garlic. Either fresh or dried.

  5. Oh I love the thought of slow cooking this recipe and enjoying the scent for hours. Truth be told, I seldom make my own BBQ sauce since I find quite a few freebies in the sauce department. They’re mostly by Kraft and pretty basic but the hot sauce in this is what puts it above the rest for me!

  6. Cathy Jarolin says:

    Your Barbecue Sauce sounds so good. Usually I only use I brand of Barbecue sauce which I think is awesome. The one in your recipe sounds delicious. I will pin this recipe and try this sauce. I am always up to a change. It breaks the same ole same ole routine Lol! Thank You for sharing!!