Simple Honey Barbecue Sauce

April 28, 2022
Simple Honey Barbecue Sauce Blog Post with a picture of chicken wings covered in barbecue sauce

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Do you enjoy barbecue sauce but don’t like the additives in store-bought varieties? I’ve created this simple honey barbecue sauce that can help!

When the weather starts to get warmer here in South Carolina, I find that I don’t want to cook as much indoors. I prefer to keep the oven off and instead, I grill more. Using my oven just tends to make my house too hot. And when the temperatures start to climb, that’s the last thing I want! I’m not sure why but I enjoy barbecue sauce more during the warm months than I do when it’s cold outside. I guess that I’ve always associated it with summer!

Actually, I think it just reminds me of summer grilling because that is primarily when I ate it growing up. Although I enjoy a good barbecue sauce, I don’t enjoy many of the additives found in so many of the store-bought versions. And being sensitive to so many additives I choose to skip store brands and make my own. So I make this simple honey barbecue sauce. This sauce is super simple! And it is great on chicken and ribs! I love to use this to make pulled chicken or pulled pork! So good!

A couple of things to keep in mind for those who do have food sensitivities. If you have gluten sensitivity, avoid using soy sauce in this honey barbecue sauce. Soy sauce is typically made from both wheat and soy and isn’t safe for those with gluten issues. I use coconut aminos instead. The taste is a bit different and it doesn’t tend to be as salty. But it has always worked well for me in this recipe.

You can use this recipe to whip up some barbecue chicken and some potato salad or coleslaw for a great summer cookout. Do a nice strawberry shortcake with angel food cake and fresh berries for dessert!

Simple Honey Barbecue Sauce

If you don't like the added ingredients found in many store bought barbecue sauces, why not make your own? This barbecue sauce is simple to make, but is divine!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey raw
  • 2-3 TBSP molasses
  • 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 3 TBSP organic soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 TBSP liquid smoke
  • 1 1/2-2 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 TBSP garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Add ingredients to a medium saucepan.
  • Stir together until mixed well.
  • Cook over medium heat until the mixture is simmering.
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • Store unused sauce in the refrigerator for up to 1 week in an airtight container.

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