The Busy Baker: Homemade Honey Garlic Barbecue Sauce

With summer in full swing, everyone is eagerly heading outdoors to take in the heat and grill up some delicious home cooking. We love this recipe from The Busy Baker because it's quick, easy and packed with flavour. Best of all you'll be able to find almost all of the ingredients in your cupboard! Happy grilling!

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  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup I use low-sodium, low-sugar ketchup

  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup liquid honey or other vegan substitute

  • 3 tablespoons molasses

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

  • a dash of hot sauce I use Sriracha

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • a dash of finely ground black pepper


  • Add all the ingredients to a pot over medium-low heat.

  • Whisk everything together well to combine, and to continue to whisk almost constantly (but not vigorously) as the mixture heats up and begins to bubble.

  • Once the mixture reached a hard boil, reduce the heat to low and continue whisking until the sauce is thick, glossy and dark in colour (it will thicken and darken as it cooks and reduces).

  • Once the sugar granules have dissolved and the sauce is thick, glossy and dark in colour, remove it from the heat and transfer it to a heat-safe glass jar or container. Let cool to room temperature before storing in the fridge and using on all your favourite barbecued meats.

Notes This Homemade Honey Garlic Barbecue Sauce has a very strong flavour. If you prefer a milder barbecue sauce, add 1/4 cup additional ketchup and replace the soy sauce with a pinch of sea salt. This will cause the flavours to become more mellow and less sharp.

This Homemade Honey Garlic Barbecue Sauce keeps in the fridge for about 2-3 weeks in an airtight container. 

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