A Killer BBQ Sauce Recipe For Fun Seasonal Grilling

Posted on October 27 2015

BBQ_sauce_grillingThere’s store-bought barbecue sauce, and then there’s homemade barbecue sauce.

If you’re wondering which route is better, we recommend conducting the Five Star Home Foods taste test.

First, visit your local grocery store to buy a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's Original BBQ Sauce, our personal favorite store-bought barbecue sauce. While you’re there, pick up the ingredients listed below and head home to cook our personal favorite homemade barbecue sauce recipe.

Regardless of which sauce you deem the winner, we’re confident you’ll find our barbecue taste test finger-licking delicious.

Preparing Your Homemade Barbecue Sauce


  • 1 medium white onion (chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 5 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (add more as needed to taste)
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar (substitute red wine vinegar if necessary)
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons liquid smoke (located in barbecue sauce aisle in grocery store)
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

Barbecue Sauce Preparation Directions:

First, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Add minced garlic and sauté for 2 additional minutes.

Next, add chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, seat salt and black pepper. Stir seasoning for 1 minute.

Add in remaining ingredients and stir the entire mixture while gradually increasing the heat. Bring everything to a boil.

Reduce the heat and allow the sauce to simmer on low heat for 1 hour. Be sure to keep the sauce pan uncovered as the mixture simmers.

After 1 hour, remove the sauce from the stove, cover and allow the barbecue sauce to cool before refrigerating.

Refrigerate for 24 hours.

Readying Barbecue Chicken For The Grill


  • 1 cup Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce
  • 1 cup homemade barbecue sauce
  • 4-5 pieces of boneless, skinless, all-natural chicken breasts

Barbecue Chicken Preparation Directions:

In order to conduct the taste test, it’s important to keep your chicken breasts separate. Use two different plates to do this and two different sections of your grill for cooking the chicken.

First, lightly coat one set of chicken breasts with the Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ sauce, and lightly coat a second set using the homemade barbecue sauce. The rest of the sauce will be used to coat the chicken after pulling the finished pieces off the grill.

Turn your grill to medium heat. Depending on how hot the grill is, the ideal amount of grill time for your chicken is between 2-4 minutes on each side. The proper temperature for a desired doneness for chicken breasts is 165 degrees F.

Once the grill is hot, put chicken breasts on the grill and be careful to keep the breasts separate. Grill one side for 2-4 minutes, turn the chicken over and coat the grilled side with barbecue sauce.

When you plate the chicken, be sure to add another coat of barbecue sauce to the freshly grilled side.

Now, the only thing that’s left to do is enjoy! (Plus, let us know what you think.)

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