Homemade barbecue sauce recipe ideal for steak

With summer upon us, once the rain subsides it’s time for barbecue. Thousands of people across the country will be brushing off their BBQs and cleaning last year’s food debris off the grill ready for another brief round this year. What better way to celebrate the British summer than with some homemade barbecue sauce to accompany your steak?

Barbecue sauce can be bought cheaply from any supermarket and tastes pretty good. But like most things, making it yourself takes the taste to another level.

You’re also in full control of what goes into the sauce and what does not. If a product needs a degree in chemistry to understand the ingredients, do you really want to be putting it into your body?

I wouldn’t, which is why I’m sharing my go-to barbecue sauce recipe. Like most of the recipes I share, this one is a starter recipe. It provides the basis for a delicious sauce but can be tweaked to your own particular taste. Experimenting is part of the fun!

Homemade barbecue sauce recipe

The sauce takes around 20 minutes to make and can be used straight away, refrigerated or frozen for later use.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 240g ketchup
  • 60ml water
  • 60ml cider vinegar
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté lightly for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Cook for 3 minutes over medium heat.
  3. Reduce to a low heat and cook for around 15 minutes or until the mixture has thickened to a sauce-like consistency.

As mentioned, you can use this right away, store in the refrigerator for a couple of days or freeze for later use. It’s a very flexible sauce recipe that can be played around with to suit your personal taste.

Baste chicken or pork with the sauce before cooking. Use it as a dip for steak or chips or use it how you like. There are no rules here, just delicious barbecue sauce!

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