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Homemade Microwave Barbecue Sauce

Microwave Barbecue Sauce

Microwave Barbecue Sauce

 This is a recipe for homemade microwave barbecue sauce that my husband came up with.  It is so quick and easy that there is no real reason to purchase store bought barbecue sauce.  Plus, you can easily adapt it to your personal preferences by tasting as you go an adding a little more of this or that.  Personally, I like it the way it is listed here, but feel free to change it as you see fit.  It is great on anything you would normally use barbecue sauce on – chicken, pork, beef, etc.


Homemade Microwave Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Microwave Barbecue Sauce


  • 2 Tbsps. butter
  • 1 tsp. canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4+ cup apple cider vinegar (You can use red wine vinegar if you wan.t)
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder (or 1 to 2 tbsps. chopped onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsps. honey
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter with the garlic and onion powder for about 2 minutes. Stir at the 1 minute mark and again just before the 2 minute mark. If the garlic and Onion are not soft microwave in 30 second increments till this is achieved.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients plus the salt and pepper and return to the microwave for 3 minutes then stir and microwave an additional 4 minutes. You are looking for the sauce to start to thicken, if it get too thick add in either a small amount (less than a tsp) vinegar (if it is not sour enough) or a small amount of canola oil (less than a tsp) if it too sour. Watch the process and stir when you think it needs it. Remove the bowl from the microwave (be careful it will be hot). Taste test the sauce to be sure it is to your liking and adjust as needed. Salt reduces the sour taste as does sugar. (Use brown if your going to add it.)
  3. This is a do a little, then taste a little, till you get it right project.
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1 Comment

  1. Caro says:

    Did this several times now, its not really, what a BBQ sauce means to me, but a nice quick dip for nearly everything. I tried different variations: Cooking on the stove instead of using my monstrous old microwave, taking maple syrup instead of honey, taking 1 minced chipotle en adobo instead of cayenne pepper and so on. It turns every time into such a delicious thing, that I could give it to my boyfriend without anything else and he would be satisfied…;-)

    Greets from Germany!

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