Classic BBQ Sauce.

This classic Southern Barbecue Sauce recipe is straight out of my Grandmother’s recipe collection. It is perfect over grilled chicken or ribs for a summer BBQ.

Everyone has their preference when it comes to BBQ Sauce. Some like it sweet, some like it spicy and others like to mix in crazy ingredients to perfect their secret recipe. I grew up loving this classic barbecue sauce my grandmother always served.

Classic Bar B Que Sauce.

Yield: 1 Jar

Author: heirloomed
This classic Bar B Que Sauce is delicious on chicken or other entrees. Perfect for a summer Bar B Que.


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp vinegar 
  • 1 garlic pod or lots of garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • rosemary, sweet basil, oregano can be added to flavor sauce


How to cook Classic Bar B Que Sauce.

  1. Mix ingredients and add more of each ingredients to taste.
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This sauce makes a great base recipe and allows you to add in more of things to change the flavor. My husband likes to add lots of pepper to give it just a little slice. It is just perfect drizzled over ribs . To find some great sides served with BBQ entrees be sure to check out our Southern Kitchen Bucket List. This sauce packaged in one of our vintage Ball jars also makes a beautiful food gift, especially for new neighbors or Father’s Day.

I hope this classic sauce recipe inspires you to grill out this weekend, or to try a new sauce on your favorite chicken. I’d love to know what you like to add to Barbecue Sauce to give it a special kick. Let me know in the comments below.




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