Zesty Homemade BBQ Sauce

It’s amazing when you go to the supermarket to buy BBQ sauce and there are literally dozens, even hundreds of choices. Everything from hot to sweet and everything in between and then some. And they truly have some of the most creative packaging, I’m sure because it’s such a crowded space — getting something to appeal to you is super important. Well, my husband and I have never been overly successful in finding the perfect BBQ sauce. It’s usually too hot — and if we go the mild route — way too sweet. So I decided that I would go on a quest to make the perfect homemade BBQ sauce.

So I started with — Chili Sauce. Why? Because, I have a Ham BBQ recipe that uses Chili Sauce as the main ingredient, and it is literally the best Ham BBQ (I’ll have to post that recipe the next time I make it).

You can also add more or less spices in your sauce. And I tend to use garlic powder and minced onions versus the real thing, because I always have it on hand. This BBQ sauce works so well on pulled pork (and I promise to post an easy slow cooker pulled pork in the future). Please feel free to comment on any variation that is successful for you!

Pam’s Zesty BBQ Sauce

Serves 2 cups
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Meal type Condiment, Main Dish
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Formal Party
This is a simple BBQ sauce recipe using ketchup and chili sauce. To make it sweeter, add more brown sugar and soy sauce. Add more black pepper and garlic powder for zest. This recipe is a variation of an online recipe that I've tweaked to get the perfect flavors.


  • 1 cup Chili Sauce (12 oz Bottle)
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 heaped tablespoon Dry Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper ((add to taste))


Step 1
Add all ingredients in a sauce pan over low heat on the stove. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add to pulled pork or chicken. Refrigerate any remaining sauce.

Let me know your thoughts!