Sweet-and-Spicy Barbecue Sauce

You get the best of both worlds with this sweet and spicy BBQ sauce.

5 cups

Barbecue sauce is a true Southern specialty, and every region of the South has its own unique sauce profile. Whether you prefer tangy or sweet, vinegar or spice, barbecue sauces add that special something to every bite of your delicious plate of barbecue. From Alabama's famous white BBQ sauce to South Carolina's spicier mustard-based sauce to the thick tomatoey Kansas City-style sauce, there are more than a few rivalries brewing about who makes the best barbecue sauce down South. Luckily, we can love them all.Can't decide if you like your barbecue sweet or spicy? You get the best of both worlds with this sweet and spicy BBQ sauce. Versatile and full of flavor, this BBQ sauce recipe doesn't like to take the backseat. Garlic, jalapenos, crushed red pepper, and Worcestershire give it a tangy kick of heat, while brown sugar, ketchup, and honey mellow it out. Instantly take ribs, wings, chicken, and pork to the next level with this easy and delicious homemade barbecue sauce recipe.

 Sweet-and-Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Hector Sanchez


  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 (32-oz.) bottle ketchup (such as Heinz)

  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 cup apple juice

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper


  1. Sauté onion, minced garlic, and jalapeño pepper in hot olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in ketchup, dark brown sugar, vinegar, apple juice, honey, Worcestershire sauce, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, celery seeds, and dried crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Use immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 month.

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