The Best Homemade (No Liquid Smoke) BBQ Sauce

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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.

Best No Liquid Smoke BBQ Sauce
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5 from 2 votes

Best Homemade No Liquid Smoke BBQ Sauce

This is a simple homemade BBQ sauce that is guaranteed to be yummilicious!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Sauce
Keyword: BBQ
Servings: 2 cups of sauce


  • 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


  • Add all ingredients to a large saucepan
  • Stir content over over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil.
  • 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.
  • 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. 5 stars
    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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