Grandma’s Best BBQ Sauce

We’re turning up the heat and diving headfirst into the world of Homemade Seasonings, Sauces and Rubs. You will love all the unique but simple seasonings The Wooden Spoon Effect has made.

Did you forget to pick up the BBQ sauce for dinner?  No worries, with our Grandma’s Best BBQ sauce, you will have the ingredients in your pantry.

Grandma’s Best BBQ Sauce

The weather is warm and there’s just the right amount of breeze blowing.  Friends and family are gathered and sounds of conversation and laughter fills the air.  Insects buzz and drone to create background noise. Children run and play and laugh. You smell the smoke of food on a grill, and you know exactly what that means: it’s BBQ season!

Instead of trying to find a store-bought brand of BBQ sauce, why not give this recipe a try?  Homemade is always better when it comes to any food, and this recipe is a delightful variation of sauce that we think will be a hit for your backyard gathering.

BBQ sauce is the quickest way to perk up your meal.

There are hundreds of varieties of BBQ sauce that vary from region to region and you’ll find that the most common types of sauce start with three different bases: tomato, mustard or vinegar.  My husband’s grandma made a sauce that used two of the three bases and we LOVE it…

What you will need to make Grandma’s Best BBQ Sauce:


Apple Cider Vinegar

Unsalted Butter



Worcestershire Sauce


Pinch of Pepper

Mixing apple cider vinegar, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce with a blend of sugar, salt, butter and water and a hint of pepper, all that is left is to heat until it melts to the perfect consistency.  Now you’re ready to bake of grill your favorite dish because you have the perfect sauce to accent with. Flavorful and tasty, you’ll have mouths watering as they smell the sauce grilling. We aren’t positive, but we don’t think you’ll have to call everyone to the table twice!

As the acidity is incredibly powerful, this kind of barbecue sauce should be used throughout the cooking process or in small amounts on fatty cuts of pork like pork shoulder. This sauce can be used to baste the meat during the cooking process; it can be applied every 20 minutes for 1 to 2 hours before meat is finished. For traditional pulled pork, it is often mixed in at the end with shredded, slow-cooked pork shoulder.

So give this homemade BBQ sauce a try, and get outside and enjoy!

Grandma’s Best BBQ Sauce


Sweet & Tangy BBQ sauce the whole family will love.

  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • ½ cup Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • Pinch Of Pepper
  1. Over medium high heat add all 7 ingredients into a small saucepan.
  2. Heat until starts to boil then remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour into container and either pour over meat or use a brush and brush over your meat.

If Grandma’s BBQ sauce is too thin for your taste and you want a deliciously thicker BBQ sauce that won’t dribble off your meat.  Try adding a cornstarch thickener.

For the corn starch-based thickener, you should mix 1 tablespoon of cold water and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and mix well to remove any lumps. After there isn’t any lumps left, add it to your barbecue topping mixture.

Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols (though the latter are rarely seen on this site), because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.



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  1. This sounds delicious! I love recipes that are easy to make. I have all these ingredients in my pantry so might try this with chicken this weekend!

  2. Your photos have me craving BBQ! I bet this sauce is way tastier than anything sitting on the shelf at the store. I can’t wait to try it!

  3. We love making our own sauces and spices! This looks like a delicious BBQ sauce, adore your flavor combo 🙂


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