Homemade BBQ Sauce (Corn Syrup Free)

We love barbeque sauce. But have you ever been to the store and tried to find a bbq sauce that didn’t have corn syrup in it?

Good luck.

homemade barbeque sauce

A few months ago I came across a recipe for homemade barbeque sauce. It didn’t have corn syrup in it, but promised that it would taste just as good. I tried it out and since have tried it in several different recipes from BBQ chicken pizza to drumsticks to pulled pork  to slathering a chicken breast in it and serving it for dinner.

It earns rave reviews from the troops every time I made it.

homemade barbeque sauce

Since I’ve made it in so many different recipes now, I decided to share. The recipe, not the food although if there was a way to do that I totally would.

With the Superbowl, March Madness, the NBA Finals, the World Cup, and summer coming up, you will need to have this incredibly good barbeque sauce recipe on hand.

Homemade BBQ Sauce (Corn Syrup Free)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 cups


  • 1 cup all natural ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 onion, chopped


  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for approximately 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to not burn the bottom of the pan.
  2. Remove from heat, use sauce immediately or store.
  3. To make a smooth store like barbeque sauce, pour the barbeque sauce into a blender after cooking and blend until smooth.


*Yes, you can use substitutions for the sugar. Please note that alternative sugars (other than coconut sugar) have not been tested with this recipe and may change the texture or consistency of the sauce once heated. Coconut sugar substituted well in this recipe. * This recipe yields approximately 2 cup. To store, cool to room temperature and then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week or in the freezer for up to three months. I recommend freezing the sauce in ice cube trays (or in premeasured portions) for easier use in recipes. Approximately 12 ice cubes=1 cup of sauce. I typically use 1-2 ice cubes for one chicken breast. Thaw before use.


Recipe Adapted From Cougar Football Cookbook


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  1. I have never had homemade bbq sauce, Im going to have to make this for next time instead of the bottled junk.

  2. This sounds wonderful! My husband loves bbq sauce and this recipe is great since it has no corn syrup. Thanks for sharing and can’t wait to give this a try 🙂

  3. It sounds good but I prefer brown sugar and a little molasses to my homemade sauce. Thanks for telling me how much it makes as not all recipes state this.

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