How to Make Your Own BBQ Sauce

Some folks say good barbecue doesn't need sauce, but some people prefer it on their barbecue. Here are two different barbecue sauce recipes that are easy to master.

Classic Barbecue Sauce

If you're looking to make a classic barbecue sauce, this is your stop. This recipe is full of spice and sweetness that will enhance the flavor of your meat while smoking!

What you'll need:

- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar

- 1 1/2 cups ketchup

- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar

- 1/2 cup water

- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

- 2 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard

- 2 teaspoons paprika

- 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper

- 2 dashes hot pepper sauce

Making your sauce:

1. In a blender combine brown sugar, ketchup, red wine vinegar, water, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, paprika, black pepper and hot pepper sauce until smooth.

Texas Barbecue Sauce

This barbecue sauce is the staple of Texas. 

What you'll need:

- 1/2 of a sweet onion, diced finely

- 6 ounces of tomato paste

- 2 cloves of minced garlic

- 2 1/2 cups of water

- 1/2 cup brown sugar

- 1/2 cup honey

- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

- 2 tablespoons butter

- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

- 1 tablespoon chili powder

- 2 teaspoons of celery salt

- 2 teaspoons of black pepper

- 2 teaspoons salt

- 1 teaspoon ground coriander 

Making your sauce:

1. Start off your sauce by heating a large pan, and melt the butter in the pan. Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are translucent.

2. Add in the remaining ingredients and whisk together. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes.

3. Turn off the heat and let the sauce cool completely. If you like a smooth sauce, transfer the sauce to a blender and blend until smooth. If you prefer a more chunky sauce, serve as is. 

4. Refrigerate overnight and use the next day as a sauce for barbecue, on ribs, or even on a tasty cheeseburger. 


If you're looking to make a spicy sauce, like we do here at Bigham's BBQ, start out with a 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper when you add all of the remaining ingredients into the recipes.  Taste for heat, if you'd like more heat add a 1/4 teaspoon at a time.  Another option is to come grab a pint of our Spicy BBQ Sauce at any three Bigham's locations in Lubbock.  Either way, have BBQ tastic day!