Easy spicy homemade BBQ sauce

There’s a zillion great BBQ sauces out there, but there’s something about homemade that makes it a little bit better. Many sauces are made with the same basic main ingredients and a few tweaks of spices or seasoning. This is a great sauce to get you started. This is enough sauce to coat two racks of ribs and have 1/2 cup or so left over if you want to make a little bit with real heat after you have the regular batch done . Sauce should be applied near the end of the cook or smoke, just long enough to caramelize. Too long or too hot and it will burn.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup black strap molasses
  • Juice of 3 limes or 6 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 can (5-ish ounces, the little one) of V8 juice
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • For heat: 3-4 minced jalapenos without or seeds, 1 habanero for more heat,  or 1 tbsp tonguespank smoky bourbon spice.
  • 2-3 tbsp worcestershire sauce.


Just mix it all together in a little sauce pan. Heat it up to it just starts to boil, then let simmer 20-30 minutes. Let it cool and it will get that classic BBQ Sauce thickness!