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Honey Barbecue Sauce

This honey BBQ sauce recipe is one that my whole family enjoys, especially my father. It's a quick and easy recipe that can be made ahead and refrigerated or used immediately. —Karene Donnay, Glencoe, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    1-1/3 cups


  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered until thickened slightly, 3-5 minutes. Cool. Serve with chicken or pork.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 month.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 37 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • jetluvs2cook
    Apr 11, 2017

    Very good BBQ sauce recipe! Makes it easy to make when a recipe uses every day items that you have on hand!

  • CBGilroy
    Jul 2, 2015

    I found a similar recipe in a cookbook given to me as a wedding gift from my mother-in-law over 40 years ago and it has been my go to BBQ sauce since with two exception: I use 1 cup of ketchup instead of the tomato sauce and omit the molasses and use 3 tbps honey. I have canned it in pint jars and given as gifts.

  • brcoates
    Mar 11, 2015


  • dhofft
    Sep 2, 2014

    Easy easy easy...I love the sweet, spicy, garlic flavor. I didn't have molasses so I used honey. I also added a few red pepper flakes and let it simmer. Delicious!

  • Loiscooks
    Mar 2, 2014

    This was good, but not great. When I tasted it, it seemed to be somewhat bland. I added some onion powder, allspice, and a small amount of hot sauce. I also increased the chili powder. Next time I make this, I will try some different spices to give it a little more kick. I do appreciate that it started with tomato sauce instead of ketchup.

  • Maiden Faire
    Jun 26, 2013

    I haven't made this yet; but looking forward to trying it. I love the fact this starts with tomato sauce not sodium laden ketchup which may or may not contain other ingredients like high fructose corn syrup.

  • Donna_W
    Jun 26, 2012

    I used this to stretch the store bought sauce I had here. Together they were yummy!

  • KY_Cook
    Dec 26, 2010

    This is a favorite in my family!

  • mewolcott412
    Oct 10, 2010

    Really good could also add some heat to it to make it even better...I let it simmer about 15 minutes, to take away some of the raw garlic taste...