Axle's Easy Barbecue Sauce


I created this recipe in college as a way to cook a great barbecue sauce from the spices in my kitchen without having any fresh ingredients available. Substituting fresh alternatives can only improve the recipe!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
32 servings


  • 1 cup ketchup

  • ½ cup lemon juice

  • ¼ cup water

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup garlic powder

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons paprika

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 ½ teaspoons honey

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 3 drops hot sauce


  1. Combine ketchup, lemon juice, water, brown sugar, garlic powder, olive oil, paprika, chili powder, honey, salt, dry mustard, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, ground black pepper, and hot sauce together in a large saucepan; cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until sauce is smooth and thickened, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

34 Calories
1g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 34
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 235mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 66mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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