Quick, easy, and deliciously sweet! Honey Barbecue Sauce is the ultimate flavor maker for all your grilling needs!
If you’ve been on the hunt for the BEST barbecue sauce around, look no further! No, you won’t find it in your local grocery store… I’m talking homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce! It’s sweet, tangy, and delightfully delicious and bonus – it pairs perfectly with literally everything.
We love it on grilled ribs or my husband’s personal favorite – Monterey chicken. Homemade honey barbecue sauce is SO much better than store-bought and it’s cheaper too!
HONEY BARBECUE SAUCE
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FINALLY summer is here. It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for hot pool days and warm nights around the fire pit. After an impossibly long year and a half of staying socially distant and keeping our friends and neighbors safe and healthy, we are ready to PARTY.
I’m talking all the camping trips, all the pool parties, all the backyard barbecues. We have to make up for lost time! Of course, with good friends and fun comes good food.
My summertime staple (aside from a sweet fruity cocktail), is any kind of barbecue! Whether it’s bbq chicken, grilled bbq shrimp, or a giant bbq pig roast – if theres barbecue sauce involved, count me in.
In our house we love a slightly sweet and tangy barbecue sauce (my kids will reject any bit of spice…). This honey barbecue sauce recipe is absolute perfection. I keep a batch on hand all summer long… I wouldn’t ever want to have a craving for bbq and have to resort to store-bought sauce!
What does Honey BBQ Taste Like?
Homemade honey barbecue sauce is a unique and delightfully delicious flavor that every member of your family will love. It’s got a great saucy texture that when cooked onto meat becomes caramelized and deliciously sticky (but not stick to your teeth sticky…just need a few wet wipes sticky.)
Honey barbecue sauce is special because it doesn’t have a super sour, tangy flavor like many other bbq sauces. Instead, the honey and vinegar give the sauce a slightly sweet flavor that mixes with literally any type of meat.
My personal current favorite way to use is as a honey barbecue sauce for chicken wings. Messy? Yes. Delicious? DOUBLE yes.
If you’ve ever had the honey barbecue sauce Chick-Fil-A makes, this homemade honey barbecue sauce is like that only BETTER. Made with ingredients that you probably already have on hand, there really is no excuse for using store-bought bbq sauce. Make a double recipe and store some in the fridge to last you all summer long! Here’s what you’ll need:
Ketchup – as with any bbq sauce, honey barbecue sauce’s main ingredient is ketchup. This is the base for your bbq sauce and it gives it that delicious tangy flavor you’re looking for! You’ll be thinning your sauce out a bit with white vinegar too.
Sweetness – of course, to make honey barbecue sauce you’ll need some sugary deliciousness to give that sweet flavor. For this honey barbecue sauce recipe, you’ll need some honey and molasses to achieve that caramel sweetness!
Seasonings – the perfect blend of paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and dry mustard gives your honey barbecue sauce an irresistible taste. You’ll find yourself using this sauce as a marinade AND as a dipping sauce!
How to make Honey Barbecue Sauce
Homemade honey barbecue sauce literally couldn’t be ANY easier to make. So throw out that old bottle of store-bought bbq sauce from the back of your fridge and whip up a batch of honey bbq sauce!
- Grab your medium saucepan and place it over medium heat. Whisk in all of your ingredients – yup… that’s it. No-fuss, no particular order, just dump it all in a give it a whisk!
- Let your honey barbecue sauce simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. This will get all your flavors blended and ready to smother your favorite meats!
- Once it’s done simmering, remove from the heat and allow your sauce to cool completely.
- If you’re cooking right away, your sauce is good to go! If you’re saving it for later, store it in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready for it!
If you want a little heat to your sauce, add a pinch of red chili flakes before you start to simmer the sauce.
Need more ways to use your Honey Barbecue Sauce?
- Grilled Barbecue Chicken Salad
- BBQ Pork Loin Sliders
- Cheesy BBQ Chicken Quesadillas
- Crock Pot Pulled Pork
- BBQ Cauliflower Bites
- more SIDE DISH recipes…
Tools used to make Honey Barbecue Sauce
Medium Saucepan: this is definitely my most used pan in my kitchen! I’ve had it for years and absolutely love it.
Mason Jars: I store everything in mason jars. They’re cute AND practical.
*This post originally posted on 07/15/2015.
- Whisk all ingredients together in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Allow barbecue sauce to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the pan from heat and allow the sauce to cool to room temperature.
- Transfer the barbecue sauce to an airtight container, and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use.