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Grandma King’s Homemade BBQ Sauce

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Grandma King’s Homemade BBQ Sauce is my all-time favorite BBQ recipe, ever!

Ever since I was a young girl my mother has made the most wonderful homemade barbecue sauce. First of all, this recipe is super easy and my whole family loves it, (even my grandchildren!) There is rarely a time when I do not have a batch of this sauce in my refrigerator. While it keeps for months and months, it seems that we always devour it within a short time.

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Because we do a lot of grilling during the summer months, I almost always make a double batch. Through the years it has lovingly been named, “Grandma King’s Homemade BBQ Sauce.” Slather it on grilled chicken, pork chops, hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, ribs, and more.


Grandma King’s Homemade BBQ Sauce also makes a perfect DIY gift for Christmas, Father’s DayMother’s Day, a birthday, etc… One double batch yields approximately 9-pint jars. I use Ball canning jars whenever I give this BBQ sauce as a gift. They are a perfect size and the wide mouths on the jars make them easy to dip from. In the picture below you can see that I added a fun sticker that says, “A Yummy Treat” to each lid. A cute red gingham bow tied around the neck of the jar would be super cute as well. 

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Grandma King’s Homemade BBQ Sauce

Yields 9 pint

10 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke (GF option: use gluten free brand)
  • 1 - 3 lb jar ketchup (GF option: use gluten free brand)
  • 1 lb brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp celery seeds


  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer on low heat for at least 1 hour. (The longer you simmer, the thicker the sauce will be)
  2. Allow sauce to cool to room temperature.
  3. Place in containers; refrigerate.


You can easily modify the recipe by adding other spices and less sugar.

Almost everyone who tries this recipe comments how much they love it. Since everyone has different taste buds, feel free to experiment by adding additional spices and tweaking the amount of sugar or Liquid Smoke

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I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as my whole family does! 

Happy grilling season!


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