Homemade BBQ Sauce that’s bold, tangy, sweet & smoky!

Homemade BBQ Sauce that’s bold, tangy, sweet & smoky!

Some of my favorite things to make from scratch these days are sauces, dressings and dips. Pairing your meal with the right sauce can really elevate a dish’s flavor.

Most store-bought versions of sauces, dips and dressings have added artificial flavors, colors, and sugars. I’m super sensitive to MSG and artificial ingredients in things off the shelf, so I decided to just start making things from scratch with wholesome ingredients.

I was thoroughly and pleasantly surprised to discover how easy many of my favorites were to make from home! Most that I make use less than a handful of ingredients, while not compromising on flavor, and are truly easy to whip up. 

Awhile back I was on this serious pizza craving kick! Every meal I just wanted a big old pizza! And the one I was craving? California Pizza Kitchen’s BBQ Chicken Pizza. Back in college, my dear friend Mary and I used to go and split that pizza and their spinach and artichoke dip. Yum. It had been too long since I enjoyed a slice of it, but with no CPK near by, I decided to venture into making a homemade BBQ sauce that would stand up to that pizza. 

And this… THIS is my new favorite!  It’s such a solid and delicious recipe that I included the full BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe on my Spring Menu!

But I don’t want to hold this BBQ sauce hostage from you just because you have yet to buy the meal plan… so I’m sharing it right here right now for you to enjoy! 

Homemade BBQ Sauce

This one has a bold balance of flavors- smoky, sweet, and tangy all in one bite!

You can use this sauce in a salad, as a dip, or as a marinade for grilling up some meat this summer… any way you desire. But my favorite is slathering it on my homemade dough as the base for my BBQ chicken pizza! 

I believe you know you have a great pizza when it is just as delicious eaten cold for breakfast the next morning.  And that BBQ chicken pizza (pictured below on the bottom left) is one of those pizzas.  You can get the full pizza recipe, along with 30+ additional pages packed with recipes, grocery lists, and tips to use the meal plan like a total pro here.   

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I think the sauce is a huge part of what makes that pizza such a success.  Strong flavor without any sketch ingredients. 🙂

Use it however you’d like and ENJOY!

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 can organic tomato sauce
  • 1 can organic tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TBS black strap molasses
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. Add everything to a sauce pot on the stove. Heat and mix well in pot. Bring to a slight boil and then simmer for a few minutes. (Be careful that it doesn't splatter on ya! Stirring helps prevent that.)
  2. Turn off hear and enjoy!


This BBQ sauce can be made and stored up to 1 week ahead of time in the fridge, or frozen for up to 6 months.



What’s your favorite way to enjoy BBQ Sauce?


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