Better than Bottled Barbecue Sauce



hey, it’s chicken.


Second, when I was jonesing for something to get this chicken good and saucy, I went straight to Gina and Pat Neely. That pair knows a thing or two about

1. Being sweetly in love.

2. Frying.

3. Barbecue.


Tangy and sweet yet smoky with a kick of heat from cayenne. Simple enough to brush on just about anything, and not exclusively meat.

I’m considering using it as my dip of choice for crudite and French fries.


Homemade Barbecue Sauce

adapted from The Neely’s, Food Network

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

Combine all ingredients in a small pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, for 1 hour.



23 thoughts on “Better than Bottled Barbecue Sauce

  1. Vanessa @ Swift as Shadows

    I’m a sucker for BBQ sauce, especially on pulled pork or chicken. It’s equally as nice squished between toasted bread and jack cheese. I hate how most store-bought kinds are made with high fructose corn syrup, so i have a feeling this (surprisingly simple!) recipe may become a staple over here. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Amy

    Just in time for bbq season here in Australia – I’m thinking chicken or pork for my beloved omnivores and brushed on thick delicious eggplant slices for me :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Andrea

    Paprika- I’ve seen recipes call for sweet, smoked, and simply “paprika.” Is there a difference? And will the difference be noticeable if I don’t use the one the recipe calls for?

  4. Natalie

    So glad I cam across you via pinterest!! We were both added to someone’s list of favorite blogs! Following you now..and wanting to share about you on my blog!

  5. [email protected] Flying ONION

    I’m ashamed to admit it, but I almost always purchase a bottle of bbq sauce. Who knew it could be so easy to whip a homemade version together? I’m making this the next time around. :D

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