Homemade Honey BBQ Sauce Recipe

Let's be honest: BBQ sauce is one of our favorite condiments. Whether it's served on pulled pork sandwiches, as a dipping sauce with chicken tenders, drizzled on pizza, or even whisked into a salad dressing; we are always a fan. While there are many variations of BBQ sauces out there, typically altering according to region, one of our ultimate favorites is a BBQ sauce with a hint of extra sweetness from honey.

Recipe developer Catherine Brookes brings us this recipe for homemade honey BBQ sauce. This recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes and can be paired with many types of foods. Brookes adds, "It also pairs really well with a range of meats such as pulled pork, chicken, or even vegan alternatives. It's great spread over a rack of ribs before roasting and perfect for making BBQ chicken tacos, too."

Gather your ingredients for this homemade honey BBQ sauce

To make this homemade honey BBQ sauce, you can start by gathering your ingredients. For this recipe, you will need olive oil, white onion, garlic, honey, ketchup, light brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, chili powder, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, and black pepper.

Caramelize the onion and fry the garlic

Place a skillet over the stove top and bring the heat to medium-low. Then, add the olive oil and once it is heated add the onion. Cook the onion until it is softened and starting to caramelize. This should take about 15 minutes. Then, add the minced garlic before cooking for an additional minute. At this point, the garlic will start to become fragrant.

Blend all the ingredients in a food processor

Next, add the caramelized onion and minced garlic to a food processor. Add the honey, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, chili powder, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper. Blend all of these ingredients until the consistency is very smooth.

Transfer to an airtight container

That's it! Once the ingredients have been thoroughly blended, you can transfer the homemade honey BBQ sauce to an airtight container. You can store this homemade sauce in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Brookes notes, "I love to make this sauce to use throughout the week as a dip, salad dressing, or addition to sandwiches or burgers."

Homemade Honey BBQ Sauce Recipe
5 from 34 ratings
This homemade honey BBQ sauce with caramelized onion and minced garlic is just what your pulled pork sandwich, ribs, and other grilled meats are missing.
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homemade honey bbq sauce in jar
Total time: 26 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan on a medium-low setting. Fry the onion until softened and starting to caramelize after about 15 minutes. Then, add the garlic and fry for another minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Transfer the cooked onion and garlic to the bowl of a food processor and add all remaining ingredients.
  3. Blitz until smooth.
  4. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Calories per Serving 99
Total Fat 2.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 19.5 g
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
Total Sugars 16.5 g
Sodium 245.2 mg
Protein 0.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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