The Neelys' BBQ Sauce

Making BBQ sauce at home? But isn't it so much easier to get a bottle from the store? 

Yes, but then I would have had to change and look decent for the public, find my keys, find my purse, and drive to the store. Even then, I would have to stare at the hundreds of options and pay. So from pure laziness (again), I searched for homemade BBQ sauce with ingredients I already had. Most of them asked for molasses, in which I did not have, when I came upon this recipe from the Neelys. From The Food Network fame, the duo came up with such a delicious homemade recipe for bbq sauce. There's really no gimmick to this, nothing too crazy, but just some good homemade yumminess. The sauce, on a side note, takes a while to make, however. This yields 3 1/2 cup. 

The Neelys' BBQ Sauce

The Neelys' BBQ Sauce


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp ground mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.