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If you know anything about barbecue or “Q-ing” as my grandfather would say, “if you know how to do it right, you don’t need any sauce.” While that may be true, your sauce should just enhance the flavor of your meat (think of it as a pretty hairdo atop of a beautiful face, lol). Here are some homemade BBQ sauce recipes that will please any of those eating your BBQ.

For Chicken, Turkey or Any Kind of Poultry:

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes


1 cup/240 mL ketchup

1/4 cup/60 mL white vinegar

1/4 cup/120 mL brown sugar

2 tablespoons/30 mL paprika

1 tablespoon/15 mL olive oil

1 tablespoon/15 mL chili powder

2 teaspoons/10 mL garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon/5 mL cayenne powder ( use less or omit if desired)


Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Allow mixture to simmer for 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before using. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to seven says after making the sauce.

For Pork or Beef Ribs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes


1 cup/240 mL ketchup

1/2 cup/120 mL apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup/120 mL water

1/4 cup/60 mL pureed onion

2 tablespoons/30 mL minced garlic

2 tablespoons/30 mL butter

2 tablespoons/30 mL molasses

2 tablespoons/30 mL prepared mustard

2 tablespoons/30 mL brown sugar

1 tablespoon/15 mL Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon/15 mL paprika

1 tablespoon/15 mL mild chili powder

2 teaspoons/10 mL dried oregano

2 teaspoons/10 mL dried thyme

1 teaspoon/5 mL salt

1 teaspoon/5 mL black pepper


Melt butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute’ for 2-3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients (vinegar last), reduce heat and simmer over low for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week after preparation.

For Salmon, Tilapia, Perch or any kind of meaty fish:


1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup honey

1 – 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/8 teaspoon chili powder

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon black pepper


In a small saucepan over medium heat whisk all the ingredients together

Simmer 7 to 8 minutes stirring often or until the sauce thickens up.

Squeeze lemon into mixture, stir then serve

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