Honey-Sweetened, Smoky BBQ Sauce

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Check out this super-quick recipe for a sweet & tangy smoky BBQ sauce. It mixes up in minutes and is customizable to your tastes.

Check out this super-quick recipe for a sweet & tangy smoky BBQ sauce. It mixes up in minutes and is customizable to your tastes. #TexasHomesteader

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Leftover Roast Recipes

I like to utilize Planned Leftovers by cooking several roasts using my slow cookers. I often  shred much of the cooked meat to make pulled pork. (tip: there’s a much easier way than using 2 forks to Shred Cooked Pork)

Then I use that meat for various dishes such as Pulled Pork Enchiladas, Carnitas Tacos or BBQ. When I’m making BBQ I used to pick up a bottle of inexpensive BBQ sauce at the store. Until NOW.

Cooking Extra Wild-Hog Pork Roast

Y’all know RancherMan’s an accomplished hunter. And wild hogs are very plentiful & terribly destructive in our pastures.

We pair the two by having RancherMan harvest as many wild hogs as our large chest freezer can hold.

Wild hogs can be destructive. #TexasHomesteader

There’s no way to make a dent in the numbers in the pastures but at least we’ve always got pork in the freezer!

One of my favorite planned-leftover meals is to take cooked roast, shred it and add BBQ sauce. It’s simple, it’s delicious, and it gets a homemade meal on the table FAST, y’all!

(One of my shortcuts to be able to Serve Homemade Meals Every Day, the EASY way!)

Homemade BBQ Sauce Is Easy

BBQ sauce isn’t typically very expensive of course. But it’s seldom about the money for me and almost always about the environment.

These days I always attempt to make for myself the items I used to have to buy. Especially if it’s sold in plastic.  (have I mentioned lately how much I HATE PLASTIC??)

Easy ways to reduce plastic in your home. #TexasHomesteader

I’ve written before about how to make a very Basic BBQ Sauce using only ketchup, mustard brown sugar & salt. It’s a super-fast mix-n-pour option that’s tasty and simple when time is of the essence.

But I found this BBQ sauce to be much better. Plus I always have these items in my pantry. Yes I must pull out a few more more spices, but it still takes only minutes to make & it’s delicious.

Check out this super-quick recipe for a sweet & tangy smoky BBQ sauce. It mixes up in minutes and is customizable to your tastes. #TexasHomesteader

And although the recipe calls for simmering the sauce for about 10 minutes, I’ve *totally* just mixed it up & heated it in the microwave for 1 minute before stirring it into my pulled pork.   (shhhhhhh…) It was still delightful!

So if you find yourself in need of a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce, give this recipe a try. You’ll save yourself a couple of bucks and you can customize the sauce to your family’s tastes.

Like it tangier? Add more vinegar. Smokier? Add a touch more liquid smoke. Don’t like it so  sweet? Cut back on the honey. Go ahead & tweak the ingredients to make it suite YOUR tastes!

Honey-Sweetened, Smoky BBQ Sauce (makes about 3 cups)

I can whip up this tangy smoky BBQ sauce in minutes. No trip to the store, no plastic bottle to dispose of. And it's easily customizable too! #TexasHomesteader

Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq, bbq sauce, honey, liquid smoke
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author www.TexasHomesteader.com


  • 2 1/2 cups Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Honey (Can reduce to 1/4 cup honey for less-sweet sauce)
  • 1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Liquid smoke
  • 2 Tablespoons Minced fresh onion
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne pepper


  1. Place all ingredients in a heavy nonreactive saucepan and stir to mix. Over medium heat, gradually bring the sauce to a simmer, stirring often.
  2. Reduce the heat and allow sauce to simmer gently about 10 minutes.
  3. Use immediately or refrigerate in a glass jar for several weeks.


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2 thoughts on “Honey-Sweetened, Smoky BBQ Sauce

  1. ColleenB.

    My recipe is pretty much like yours.
    I just made a Big batch (2 quarts plus a bit more) of Bar-B-Cue sauce yesterday for our son-in-law to put on the racks of ribs for tomorrows birthday bash. The sauce is also good pour over meatballs.

    Have a great weekend Tammy.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Gotta love a Birthday Bash, Colleen. Y’all have fun but be SAFE in this heat! ~TxH~


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