Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe

This homemade barbecue sauce is made with raw tomatoes instead of ketchup. It is very, very good and quite easy to make.

If you would like to make your sauce with ketchup you can make this other one with apple juice as well. Both of these are equally good but this one is less sweet.

You need to be patient with this recipe and let it thicken and brown or it will resemble a tomato sauce so please don’t hurry it. This sauce can be preserved for up to six months in the proper jars. Simply follow the preserving jar instructions.

Here is what you are going to need for this flavorful and easy homemade barbecue sauce recipe:

Makes about four cups
5 cups chopped Roma tomatoes
1 large yellow onion, chopped
½ tablespoon red chili pepper flakes
½ tablespoon celery seeds
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup white vinegar
1 lemon, juiced
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon salt
¼ cup brown sugar

Place the tomatoes, onion, garlic, red chili pepper flakes and celery seeds in a heavy pot. Bring to a boil, reduce and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, cool down and blend. Strain the tomatoes and onions back into the clean pot. Bring back to a boil and reduce by 1/4 th.

Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until sauce is thick.

You can preserve this sauce in preserving jars or cool down and refrigerate in a closed container. Enjoy!

Print the Barbecue Sauce Recipe Here

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!


  • March 15, 2011


    that souce it’s really delicious!!!!!!!

    well done master!!!!

    thanks for the recipe!!!

  • March 16, 2011


    Thank you very much! I am very happy you like this!
    Mary Ann

  • January 28, 2012


    Hi Mary Ann,
    How much sauce will this recipe yield? Thanks!

  • February 12, 2012


    Hi Meredith!
    Sorry I took so long. This will yield about 4 cups of sauce. Take care and have a great week!
    Mary Ann

  • August 21, 2017


    Do I have to peel the tomatoes first?

  • August 24, 2017

    mary ann allen

    Hi Michelle –
    I peel them because they are not organic but you don’t have to is you don’t want to. Thanks!\
    Mary Ann