Honey-Sweetened, Smoky BBQ Sauce

by Texas Homesteader ~

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. 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!

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.

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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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??)

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 good enough 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)

Author www.TexasHomesteader.com


  • 2 1/2 cups Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 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.


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