Lip Smackin’ BBQ Sauce for Grilled Pork and Chicken

BBQ Sauce

It is easy enough to buy BBQ sauce but I love making my own because I can make it just the way I like it with only the ingredients that I choose.

This particular sauce adapted from Frito-Lay is very suited to pork or chicken. Remember to brush BBQ sauce onto meat towards the end of cooking to prevent burning.

Lip Smackin' BBQ Sauce

Yield: 8 - 10

Serving Size: about 30 minutes

Lip Smackin' BBQ Sauce


  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup, such as Heinz
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1/3 cup spicy brown mustard, such as Heinz
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp. Gluten-Free Tamari, such as San-J
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce, such as Frank's Red Hot
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes, until thickened and reduced by about 1/3.
  2. Transfer to jars and refrigerate until needed (up to 1 week). This recipe is easy to double and extra BBQ sauce can be frozen.

Dairy Free Variation: Replace the butter with Earth Balance Buttery Spread


Some fabulous gluten-free BBQ pantry ingredients:
Frank’s Red Hot

Heinz Ketchup

San-J Gluten-Free Tamari

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