Homemade BBQ Sauce


You know when you crave something SO MUCH. and you can’t find that thing.

Then you go home and make it. And it’s not quite the same. Then you make it again, and something is missing.

So you make it again. And again.

Then, you nail it.

I miss summer BBQs. Ok, we do sometimes have them here. But there’s something about the way my dad grills that makes everything taste better, ya know?

On top of missing BBQ’s it’s also the sauce I miss.

BBQ sauce. And hot sauce. But that’s for another day.


This BBQ sauce is smokey from roasting the tomatoes. Sweet from the brown sugar. Perfect burnt brown from the Worcestershire sauce. And has just a bit of kick from garlic, chili and cumin. I hated the idea of adding ketchup – something I only reserved for frites. This recipe swaps ketchup for real tomatoes.


I’m so excited to share this with you guys.

Is there anything you make from scratch that you either can’t find or prefer homemade?

Audio Pairing: Memory by Peter & The Magician

Homemade BBQ Sauce

By DellaCucinaPovera Published: August 19, 2014

  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups of BBQ sauce

You know when you crave something SO MUCH. and you can't find that thing. Then you go home and make it. And it's not quite the …



  1. Heat your oven to 400F/220C. Place your onions, tomatoes and garlic on a baking tray. Place in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  2. Pop your Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, chili and cumin, brown sugar and honey in a food processor. Slowly add your warm onions, tomatoes and garlic.
  3. Once everything is incorporated, send it through a mesh sieve. You should have about 1 1/2 cup water mixture.
  4. Place your mixture into a sauce pan, on medium heat. Dump in your cornstarch and stir until fully incorporated. The sauce will thicken immediately.
  5. Jar or use immediately. Keeps for about 2 weeks in the fridge.

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    1. says

      I need to do this! BBQ sauce is one of my favorite sauces ever and I’ve only made it at home once or twice, but it didn’t turn out that fab. Your recipe looks amazing and the finished product looks lovely! Well done, my dear!

    2. says

      Wow, I am so impressed! The sauce looks the perfect color and I’m sure it was so satisfying to finally nail it! Recently I am addicted to making my own bread – there is nothing like the smell and taste of bread that YOU baked coming out of YOUR oven. it’s the best! :)

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