Barbecue Sauce in clear jar
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Best Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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One of the best things to do in the summer is to share a barbecue meal with friends or family. I searched through my Grandpa’s recipe book for the Best Barbecue Sauce and came across his recipe. He was a master of making sauces. I hope you agree after you try this recipe!

What Ingredients Will I Need?

  • Brown Sugar
  • Ketchup
  • Dry Sherry
  • Cider Vinegar
  • Onion
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Corn Syrup
  • Molasses
  • Tomato Paste
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Garlic
  • Pepper
  • Liquid Smoke
  • Mustard
  • Onion Salt
  • Celery Salt
  • Olive Oil
Ingredients on Counter
Barbecue Sauce Ingredients

Helpful Tips

  • Measure out as many ingredients as you can ahead of time so you can add them quickly.
  • Have jars or bottles ready for storage when finished.
  • Make a day or two ahead of time to allow flavors to blend and sauce to thicken.
  • This recipe does not need to be exact. You can add more or less of the ingredients to make it just right for your tastebuds.


  • Use water or half and half in place of dry sherry
  • Use wine vinegar in place of cider vinegar
  • Omit liquid smoke
Brisket with barbecue sauce and salad on the side
Brisket with Barbecue Sauce

Other Recipes You Might Like

My Easy Tartar Sauce Recipe is a homemade tartar sauce from my grandpa’s cookbook that you may enjoy. Alabama White Sauce from Southern Kissed is another great option for adding flavor to your meat. You can use these sauces on BBQ Pork Chops, Smoked Pork Butt , or Smoked Prime Rib. Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits or Cottage Cheese Bread would be great to have with your meal. For dessert, you may enjoy Old-Fashioned Pecan Cake Bars or Strawberry Angel Food Delight.

Final Thoughts on the Best Barbecue Sauce

My whole family liked the flavor of this barbecue sauce. We had it with brisket and we’ve had the extra with bratwurst, hot dogs, and little Smokies. It was not spicy so the kids enjoyed it too. I will definitely be making this again!

What do you like barbecue sauce with? What other sauces do you enjoy with your food? Let me know!

Barbecue Sauce in clear jar

Best Barbecue Sauce

The combination of flavors make this the best barbecue sauce! It's perfect for chicken, pork, and beef. It is mild enough for the whole family to enjoy!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 8 cups


  • 2 Cups Brown Sugar Packed
  • 2 Cups Ketchup
  • 1 Cup Dry Sherry
  • 1 Cup Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Onion Chopped
  • 1 Can Tomato Sauce 8 ounces
  • 1 Cup Corn Syrup
  • 1 Cup Molasses
  • 1 Can Tomato Paste 6 ounces
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic
  • 1 Dash Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Tablespoon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil


  • In a large saucepan, sauté onion with olive oil until tender and transparent.
  • Combine the rest of the ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes or until the flavors are blended.
  • Remove from heat; cool.
  • Store in refrigerator in airtight container for up to 1 month.
Keyword Barbecue, Barbecue Sauce, Sauce

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