Thick and Sweet BBQ Sauce

June 02, 2014

So you know my love of summer—I won’t burden you with my poetic love about it again, but just know that if the campfire brownies didn’t excite you about the summer, then this recipe most definitely will.

And one of the beautiful things about summer time is that fact that food can be grilled. And there’s no limit—in our house we grill whatever we have in the fridge and pantry. We’ve done different meat, veggies, potatoes, and even bread! It just tastes so much better on the grill and who can resist a good charcoal smell?

It’s okay to buy barbecue sauce, but it’s so much more fun to make your own. You can find a base recipe that fits your taste and then you can alter it depending on the mood you’re in. If you want spicy, add more crushed red pepper, if you want more sweet add more brown sugar or molasses, you get the idea. Be creative and have fun with it.

For this particular recipe I altered the Neely’s (Food Network chefs) homemade barbecue sauce recipe. The particular I made this recipe I was really wanting a sweet taste. We were grilling a sausage that had a bite to it and I thought a sweet barbecue sauce would really offset the taste. It was a wonderful combination and this has quickly become a favorite sauce! A word of caution here—this sauce is sweet!

Thick and Sweet BBQ Sauce

Adapted from the Neely’s Food Network Sauce


2 cups ketchup
1 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, or distilled white vinegar
5 tablespoons light brown sugar
3-4 tbsp of molasses
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
½ tablespoon of garlic powder
½ tablespoon crushed red peppers
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer the sauce. The longer you cook this sauce, the better it will be, but let it simmer for at least 20 minutes before removing it from the heat. Stir the sauce frequently and taste occasionally and adjust the seasonings to find the taste you want.