All-American Barbecue Sauce

Our homemade barbecue sauce is great on everything! This easy, homemade All-American Barbecue sauce is quick to prepare and only requires a few pantry ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

All-American Barbecue Sauce


  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup ketchup-style chili sauce
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup unsulfured molasses
  • 2 tbsp. spicy brown or Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Hot sauce to preferred taste


  1. Heat the butter in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until golden – about 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and chopped tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes.
  2. Add the chili sauce, vinegar, molasses, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce to the pan. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to a medium-low. Stir frequently and continue to simmer until the sauce is slightly reduced – about 20 minutes.

Barbecue Sauce TIP: Wait to sauce your food until the last few minutes of grilling. Since most barbecue sauces have a good amount of sugar, the sauce is likely to burn when exposed to the heat of your grill.