Monthly Archives: July 2014

Post 32 of 365 Real Foods Series: Homemade BBQ Sauce


There is nothing more summer than a good BBQ sauce. Sadly, store sauces are often full of HFCS, dyes, and other yucky ingredients. I have been making my own sauce for quite a few years now. It is a crowd-pleaser and very simple.


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • A pinch of salt and a good pinch of pepper
  • A sprinkle of chili powder


I mix the above ingredients together in my Vitamix, dump the mixture into a sauce pan, and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes just to heat and melt down the brown sugar. Mix well while simmering; it ensures your ketchup doesn’t get funky. Pour sauce into a glass jar and keep in refrigerator. 🙂



Happy Homemaking.

The Joyful Homemaker