Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce

Author Harold McGee in his book, “On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen,” notes the combinations of sweet and sour within sauces used in cooking as early as 239 B.C.

Barbecue sauce is a satisfying combination of complementary flavors that create the perfect addition to cooking pork, beef or chicken.

The sauce is typically used as a marinade, for basting meat when either roasting or barbecuing.

It is also used as condiment and as a topping for meat cooked in the sauce itself.

Most barbecue sauce recipes are a combination of opposing flavors and that’s what makes the sauce a favorite go to condiment.

There are a number of barbecue sauces unique to each region across the United States.

BBQ sauce is very popular condiment with Southern cooking in the U.S.A.

The most well-known sauce associated with barbecue across the U.S. is from Kansas City. The sauce is sweet, spicy, tomatoey and thick.

The brown sugar balances the acidity of the tomato and vinegar, were as mustard and molasses adds a depth of flavor.

Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce

1 cup honey

¼ cup molasses

3 tablespoons ketchup

⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

⅛ teaspoon ground ginger

⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper

¼ teaspoon salt

⅛ teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon granulated garlic

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce *

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

1 ½ cups brown sugar


* If you don’t have any Worcestershire sauce, can replace it with soy sauce.


Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized saucepan.

Simmer the mixture on low for about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and pour into a heat-safe container, such as a mason jar.

Let cool with lid off. After cooling, tighten lid to jar and refrigerate until ready to use.

Besides using the sauce to barbecue with, you can use it to make pulled meat sandwiches. Try this recipe with your homemade barbecue sauce plus 2 tablespoons of bourbon to get an Instant Pot Bourbon Pulled Pork.


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