I’ve played around with making my own BBQ sauce for years. I found that simple is best. This sauce has great flavour, tang and stickiness without using a long list of ingredients. It’s also a great base for experimenting with your own spice combinations. You could use different vinegars, substitute honey for brown sugar, add some chili powder for extra kick, or whatever you like. The proportions given here will be your guide to one great mop sauce.

Damn Good BBQ Sauce

Spicy, sweet, tangy and everything you would expect from a great BBQ sauce.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Condiment
Cuisine American


  • small saucepan


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or white vinegar White vinegar will yield a sharper tasting sauce.
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cooking molasses
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Add vinegar and brown sugar to a saucepan on medium high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add all remaining ingredients to the saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Turn down heat to low and let sauce simmer for 50 minutes.


You can use this sauce as a base and add other spices and flavourings as you like, to suit your taste. As is, it makes a thick, spicy, sweet and tangy sauce that works perfectly on ribs, pork, brisket, meatloaf and burgers.
Keyword bbq, barbecue, american, sauce, southern
recipe image
Recipe Name
Damn Good BBQ Sauce
Author Name
Published On
Preparation Time
Cook Time
Total Time

Written by

Lori Franko

I've been a knitter for my entire life and I have taught and designed patterns for a pretty good part of that life. I love creating and sharing my passion for knitting. You won't hear about anything else from me. I really hope that what you read here helps improve your enjoyment of this amazing craft!