Homemade BBQ Sauce


Homemade barbecue sauce for Father's Day.

Father’s Day is just around the corner and this homemade BBQ sauce makes the perfect DIY gift that is so simple the kids can make it!

I think it’s safe to say that men tend to LOVE barbecuing … at least that’s the case in my family!  There’s a certain sense of pride and ownership that men seem to have over their barbecue, and as much as I love barbecuing, it makes me happy to see Charles in his element – so I leave it to him.

Homemade barbecue sauce for Father's Day.

I was searching for an idea for a craft that was food related that Max and Charlie could create, and a homemade barbecue sauce seemed like the perfect fit!  The recipe below is so simple that the kids can make it (no cooking required) and makes 1.5 cups per batch – it is easy to double or triple if you have more than one gift to give!

Homemade barbecue sauce for Father's Day.

Tie a little ribbon around the jar with a hand written note and a basting brush (I found mine at Superstore but many dollar stores carry them) and you have the cutest little homemade gift!

This sauce is a winner.  It’s perfectly sweet (you can use honey or brown sugar, your choice), a little smoky and very versatile: it will go with anything!  And hey, you know the way to a man’s heart…

Homemade barbecue sauce for Father's Day.

Homemade barbecue sauce for Father's Day.

I hope you all have the most wonderful Father’s Day!  I know I will be celebrating Charles and my sweet amazing dad – I’m the luckiest gal to have such great men in my life that are such solid role models for Max and Charlie.



Homemade BBQ Sauce

This barbecue sauce is tangy, sweet, and just a little bit smoky. It's the perfect addition to your backyard barbecue.

Course Side Dish
Keyword Barbecue, BBQ, Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Fraîche Nutrition


  • 1 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or honey (packed)
  • 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon molasses (we used blackstrap)
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke


  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour into jar of your choice, seal, and refrigerate for up to 1 month.

Recipe Notes

To make this gluten free omit the liquid smoke and be sure to use certified gluten free spices

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3 Comments on “Homemade BBQ Sauce”

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