Honey BBQ Sauce

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My delicious Honey Barbecue Sauce is the perfect blend of sweet and tangy. Honey BBQ sauce is versatile because it can be placed on a variety of meats such as grilled chicken, pulled pork, brisket, chicken wings, and nuggets, or as a dipping sauce and is excellent on ribs for almost anything.

Honey BBQ Sauce

If you’ve been looking for a sauce that can be made in bulk, placed in a jar, and used all year long. You’ve found the recipe. 

The best part about making honey BBQ sauce at home is making as much or as little as you like. Plus, all the ingredients are readily available at your local grocery store.

Did I mention that making this recipe is easy, it takes less than 30 minutes, and has only 7 ingredients? The average store-bought honey BBQ sauce has a minimum of 17 ingredients.

History of BBQ Sauce

Barbecue sauce is a tomato-based sauce, typically made from ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and spices. The ingredients vary, but common flavors include mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and smoke flavoring.

Honey barbecue sauce is a variation of the traditional barbecue sauce that includes honey as one of its main ingredients instead of sugar. The addition of honey gives the sauce a sweet and sticky texture.

It can also be used to glaze ham or turkey during cooking. Honey barbecue sauce is a popular choice for tailgating, parties, and barbecues.

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Key Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this amazing honey BBQ sauce recipe.

Ketchup

Ketchup is the base for my barbecue sauce.

Honey

Usually, when I make my barbecue sauce, I use brown sugar, but the honey was an excellent swap.

Cajun seasoning

I love using Savory Cajun seasoning in my recipes.

Worcestershire sauce

Any time I make my homemade BBQ sauce, I have to mix it in this sauce.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is the perfect blend of tangy sweetness needed to cut through the richness of this sauce.

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How to make honey BBQ sauce recipe?

My barbecue sauce should only take you 20 minutes to make from start to finish. The sauce just needs to cook down, and all you need to do is stir it occasionally to make sure it’s not burning.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add Cajun seasoning, worcestershire, orange juice, vinegar, ketchup, honey, and beer; stir together, bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 20 minutes until the sauce is reduced by half. Cool completely before storing in a jar or airtight container.

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Pro Recipe Tips & Tricks

Here are the best practices for building flavor in your own honey barbecue sauce.

  • You can omit beer if you do not consume alcohol. The alcohol will cook out completely by the time the barbecue sauce is ready.
  • Use your favorite all-purpose seasoning as a swap for the Cajun seasoning.
  • White vinegar is a great swap for apple cider vinegar.
  • Use local honey for a better flavor.
  • Occasionally I’ll use sugar-free ketchup for my BBQ sauce.
  • They do make a vegan-worcestershire sauce.
  • Add some cayenne pepper to make your sauce spicer.
  • Add a teaspoon or two of smoked paprika for a smokier barbeque sauce.
  • Try making variations of the sauce by using tomato sauce or tomato paste.
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FAQs

Here are the top questions readers have about making a homemade honey barbecue sauce recipe.

What is honey BBQ sauce made of?

The ingredients for honey BBQ sauce will vary depending on the recipe, but most are made with ketchup or tomato puree, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, and apple cider vinegar.

Does honey BBQ sauce taste like traditional BBQ sauce?

Honey BBQ has a sweeter taste than traditional barbecue sauce.

Is honey BBQ sauce gluten-free?

The ingredients for honey barbecue sauce vary per recipe, so if you need a gluten-free version, check your ingredients. Making a homemade barbecue sauce would be best for ensuring you have gluten-free ingredients.

Does honey BBQ sauce have dairy?

Honey BBQ sauce does not have dairy. Confirm by checking the ingredients in the recipe to make sure.

How to make BBQ sauce into honey BBQ sauce?

In order to make BBQ sauce into honey barbecue sauce, just add honey to the sauce. Depending on how sweet you like it, start with 1/4 cup of honey for every 1 1/2 cups of BBQ sauce.
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How to store leftover BBQ sauce?

Honey barbecue sauce is best 7 days after making but will remain fresh in an airtight container for 30 days in the fridge. I don’t recommend you freeze BBQ sauce. 

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Before You Begin

Before getting started, here are the steps I use to get organized. 

Step 1: Place all the honey BBQ sauce ingredients onto the counter.

Step 2: Measure everything out into small bowls.

Step 3: Follow the recipe and get ready for some incredible honey BBQ sauce.

Making your own barbecue sauce is a fun and easy way to get that perfect flavor every time. This honey barbecue sauce recipe is simple, and you can customize it to your liking. Be sure to leave a comment and star rating below if you give this recipe a try!

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Honey BBQ Sauce

Kenneth Temple
My delicious Honey Barbecue Sauce is the perfect blend of sweet and tangy. The barbecue sauce is amazing on a variety of things.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 16 persons
Calories 94 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 teaspoons Savory Cajun seasoning
  • ½ cup worcestershire
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 24 oz. bottle ketchup
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¾ cup beer

Instructions
 

  • In a medium pot over medium heat, add Cajun seasoning, worcestershire, orange juice, vinegar, ketchup, honey, and beer; stir together, bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 20 minutes until sauce is reduced by half. Cool completely before storing in a jar or airtight container.

Notes

Pro Recipe Tips & Tricks
Here are the best practices for building flavor in your own honey barbecue sauce.
  • You can omit beer if you do not consume alcohol. The alcohol will cook out completely by the time the barbecue sauce is ready.
  • Use your favorite all-purpose seasoning as a swap for the Cajun seasoning.
  • White vinegar is a great swap for apple cider vinegar.
  • Use local honey for a better flavor.
  • Occasionally I’ll use sugar-free ketchup for my BBQ sauce.
  • They do make a vegan-worcestershire sauce.
  • Add some cayenne pepper to make your sauce spicer.
  • Add a teaspoon or two of smoked paprika for a smokier barbeque sauce.
  • Try making variations of the sauce by using tomato sauce or tomato paste.
Storage: 
Honey BBQ sauce is best 7 days after making but will remain fresh in an airtight container for 30 days in the fridge. I don’t recommend freezing the sauce. 

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 515mgPotassium: 231mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 434IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
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