Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe {Sweet Baby Ray’s Copycat}

March 2, 2014 8 Comments | Disclosure

Make your own Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce!

This BBQ sauce really does taste just like Sweet Baby Ray’s Original sauce! Very cool. Perfect for grilled chicken, barbecue chicken pizza, ribs, beans, dipping nuggets, pulled pork, salad, whatever you desire.

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Being able to make your favorite food products at home is awesome. You can avoid ingredients that may not be good for you, like artificial colors and preservatives. It is also really helpful for people with food allergies or sensitivities.

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We like Original Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce around here. Good news is that there are often coupons and sales, so I can get it at a good price. Bad news is that it contains high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring, and a preservative. Don’t get me wrong, I ingest my fair share of such ingredients. It is just nice to be able to make your own and have control over what goes into it.

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Like many sauce recipes, this barbecue sauce simple to throw together. Mix ingredients together, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer until it reaches your desired consistency. To help it thicken, I added corn starch dissolved in water while the sauce simmered.

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I searched many recipes and decided on two that I thought had potential. I made both of them the same day. Then persuaded a few neighbors to come over and help me taste test to decide which was best. Then I tweaked the winning sauce a bit to make it even better using what I had in my pantry already. Better in mine and my neighbor’s opinions anyway. ;)

So excited that I now know how to make my own Sweet Baby Ray’s!

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Rating: 51

Yield: 2 1/2 cups

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon hickory liquid smoke
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch dissolved in 1/8 cup cold water (optional)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all ingredients (except the corn starch in water) in a medium pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, until sugar has dissolved. For a thicker sauce, add the corn starch and water mixture. Then simmer for up to 15 minutes, until desired thickness is reached. Keep in mind that it may thicken slightly more while cooling. Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator.
  2. Once cooled, you may portion and freeze the sauce. Then thaw in the fridge and use as needed.
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Recipe slightly adapted from Half Baked Harvest

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Comments

  1. Awesome Melanie, I am so happy to have this one!

  2. Check your ketchup first; be sure to buy one that doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup in it. Also, I would recommend leaving out the corn starch unless it’s certified organic/GMO free. It’s sad what’s in our food. Thanks ladies!

  3. Colleen says:

    Help! I put too much cayenne pepper in, how can I tone it down?

  4. Thank you for this recipe! This is just what I’ve been looking for! I made a few alterations based on what I had on hand- 1/2 cup of honey instead of the 1 cup of brown sugar, apple juice in place of the pineapple juice, arrowroot powder in place of the corn starch (where I am it’s cheaper than organic corn starch), no black pepper or liquid smoke… It’s so sweet.

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