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Real Food Summer Picnic Series :: Barbeque Sauce

May 30, 2015

Real Food Summer Picnic Series :: Barbeque Sauce
Everyone needs a good barbeque sauce to use all summer!

A few years ago I began working on my own BBQ sauce recipe because I had gone without store bought for so long – and I missed it!

Real Food Summer Picnic Series :: Barbeque Sauce
Store bought barbeque sauce is not only full of high fructose corn syrup in most cases, but also MSG and other preservatives that are completely unnecessary. MSG is an exitotoxin, and is linked to migraines and mood changes among other things, and in a lot of kids it can cause behavior problems. It’s just not worth it.

Real Food Summer Picnic Series :: Barbeque Sauce
This barbeque sauce comes together in 5 minutes! That’s it! No cooking, no chopping, no simmering, no fuss! It is perfect for brushing on your grilled chicken, dipping your chicken nuggets, and spreading on a wrap!

Play around with the seasonings to your taste and fire up the grill!

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5 from 3 votes

Real Food Summer Picnic Series :: Barbeque Sauce

Storebought barbecue sauce is full of many ingredients I'd rather not consume, so I developed my own recipe.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue sauce recipe, homemade barbecue sauce, how to make barbecue sauce
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Renee -


  • ¾ cup organic ketchup Watch ingredients! Our local grocer has an organic store brand with very minimal ingredients, zero preservatives, and is lower in sugar. I do opt for organic since tomatoes are on the dirty dozen and heavily pesticided.
  • 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
  • ¼ cup organic mustard Watch ingredients! Our local grocer has a great organic store brand with zero preservatives. I do opt for organic to avoid GMO'd vinegar.
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp chipotle powder


  • All ingredients into a container with a lid, combine and store in the fridge! That’s it!

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  • The recipe makes up a pint container and keeps very well in the fridge for weeks to use! Half it if you don’t want as much though!
  • THIS is the chipotle powder I use although I find it is best priced at my local grocer.
  • Let me know if you give it a shot at your next barbeque!

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  • Reply Jessica June 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

    This is so easy!! I can’t wait to try it.

    • Reply Renee Kohley June 16, 2014 at 9:13 am

      I know it! Let me know how the boys like it!

  • Reply Anna June 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Sounds delicious. Full of yummy and nutritious ingredients. Love it! Pinned!

    • Reply Renee Kohley June 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Thank you Anna <3 I hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply Jennifer Margulis June 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    5 stars
    Awesome recipe. Just in time for a BBQ I’m going to this Friday.

    • Reply Renee Kohley June 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Awesome Jennifer 🙂 Everyone will love it!

  • Reply Trish Carty June 17, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Great recipe!! Thank you!! Trish

  • Reply Vanessa - Natural Family Today June 17, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    This looks so delicious. I am definitely printing this for my recipe book!

    • Reply Renee Kohley June 17, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Oh yay! That is a huge compliment Vanessa! I hope you love it!

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  • Reply Lisa Greninger November 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    How long will this last in the fridge?

    • Reply Renee Kohley November 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Hi Lisa! Really as long as your ketchup date is – I have had it in my fridge up to a few weeks before 🙂

  • Reply Caryn January 15, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Do you think this would freeze and defrost well? I was thinking about making a larger batch and freezing for later. 🙂

    • Reply Renee Kohley January 15, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      Hi Caryn! I have never tried but I don’t see why not! Maybe make a batch and freeze a small portion like an ice cube tray or something 😉

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  • Reply Sue Mosier June 16, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Do you know if this tastes like Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce? I need to replace that brand in our house.

    As a side note, I freeze my homemade barbecue sauce and it does very well.

    • Reply Renee Kohley June 16, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Hi Sue! I have never had Sweet Baby Ray’s so I’m not sure!

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    This sauce was great! I had it with some shredded pork we smoked a few weeks ago, froze out in portions. Made for such and easy meal!

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  • Reply Kathy Blickenstaff May 19, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    5 stars
    This is my go-to BBQ sauce. It is truly delicious with a minimum of ingredients. I tend to make more than I need….also buy in bulk….how long will this stay good in the fridge? Thanks!

    • Reply Renee Kohley May 23, 2019 at 11:58 am

      Great Kathy! I let it stay in the fridge for a few weeks.

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