The Best Homemade (No Liquid Smoke) BBQ Sauce

I normally use a store bought BBQ sauce for all of my recipes but having run out for quite some time, I had no way to make the sauce I needed for my seitan creations. Given that the Coronavirus has the world locked down, I am not venturing out to buy more BBQ sauce. The only solution was to make my own. And luckily, I had all of the ingredients at hand.

Best No Liquid Smoke BBQ Sauce

This is a simple, easy-to-make and very yummy BBQ sauce. Just add all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer. Here goes.

Yield: 2 cups of sauce

Best Homemade No Liquid Smoke BBQ Sauce

Best No Liquid Smoke BBQ Sauce

This is a simple homemade BBQ sauce that is guaranteed to be yummilicious!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 8 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • ½ tsp Paprika (smoked or regular)
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Onion Powder
  • ¼ tsp Chili Flakes or Chili Powder
  • ¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Ground Cinnamon


  1. Add all ingredients to a large saucepan
  2. Stir content over over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Cover saucepan and reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes. Stir frequently so mixture does not burn. Scrape content from side of saucepan when stirring.
  4. Remove from heat and BBQ sauce is ready to be used or can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.
Ian Lee
Work from home dad, marketer and photographer. Fallen in love with basketball all over again as I coach my daughter's team.

4 thoughts on “The Best Homemade (No Liquid Smoke) BBQ Sauce”

  1. How much red wine vinegar? There’s just a question mark next to it
    What is ground powder?
    And how much ground cinnamon? (again a question mark)
    Thank you!

    • Hi Patrice,

      Thanks for the heads up. The recipe plugin glitched but it’s now fixed! You should see the ingredients properly now.

      Let us know how your sauce turns out!


  2. Ian hit all the marks on this barbecue sauce recipe. It is a great combo of sweet and tangy and clings to the chicken (I made pulled chicken with his barbecue sauce,) so you get every bit of the sauce with a mouthful of chicken. It was just heaven. This is my favorite barbecue sauce!


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