Awesome Homemade BBQ Sauce

Easy to make Homemade BBQ Sauce with a nice sweet heat. Give this a shot at home and you will say goodbye to your store bought sauce laden with questionable ingredients.
Course Sauce
Cuisine BBQ
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4 bottles
Author Keegan


Veggie Saute

  • 1/4 Stick of Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Jalapenos seeded if you like less heat
  • 2 teaspoons Celery Salt
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Cup Bourbon

Dry Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons Ancho Chile Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1.5 teaspoons White Pepper
  • 1 teaspoons Ground Turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoons Ground Chinese Five Spice
  • 2 teaspoons Mustard Powder

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Worcheshire Sauce
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 15 oz can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 12 oz jar Cherry preserves
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 6 oz Molasses
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar


  1. Melt butter with olive oil in a large sauce pan.
  2. Chop up the veggies and add to the pan
  3. Add the celery salt and saute for 10 min
  4. Add the bourbon and simmer for 10-15 min until liquid has reduced
  5. Add the dry ingredient list and stir into mixture
  6. Add the water and other wet ingredients and stir together.
  7. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce to a lower temperature to simmer and stir every 5-10 minutes.
  8. Simmer for a total of 45 minutes. Blend the sauce mixture with a hand blender and then simmer more if needed to thicken. Keep in mind it will thicken up as it cools off.
  9. Bottle or can and enjoy for several months stored in the fridge

Recipe Notes

Add more or less Jalapeno, Black Pepper, and White pepper, depending on how spicy you like your sauces.
The sauce will mellow out over time, getting less spicy over the first few days of storage.