Homemade Honey BBQ Sauce Recipe (Forget All About Your Traditional BBQ Sauce)

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There is nothing more satisfying than diving into a plateful of delicious chicken wings, except maybe that same plateful of wings covered in your homemade honey BBQ sauce.

This honey BBQ sauce is sweet, spicy, and a little bit tangy. It is perfect for chicken wings and ribs.

What I like most about this honey BBQ sauce recipe is that it can be made from everyday ingredients in your cupboard.

Use this honey barbecue sauce recipe as a base for developing your BBQ sauce!

BBQ Sauce Covering a Plate on Chicken Wings and Chips

What to Use Honey BBQ Sauce On

Honey BBQ sauce is sweet, spicy, a little bit tangy, and just perfect for chicken wings, ribs, pulled beef bao buns, or even just as a dipping sauce for your sides. 

If you want to take this sauce to the next level, try cold-smoking your honey at home. This will add a declious smoky flavor to your sauce.

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How To Make Honey BBQ Sauce

Below are our six simple steps to making honey BBQ sauce at home! No more shop-bought stuff here!

Ribs Covered in Honey BBQ Sauce

Home Made Honey BBQ Sauce Recipe

It doesn’t matter what you put this honey BBQ sauce on, it will make anything taste amazing! The secret to this recipe is to let it rest for 24 – 48 hours in the refrigerator before using it. If you like your sauce with a little more kick add in 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or chilli flakes. 
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine Barbecue
Servings 750 milliliters
Calories 30 kcal


  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cups ketchup


  • In a medium-sized saucepan add all the ingredients except the honey. Start with the wet ingredients and finish with the sugar, onion powder and pepper.
  • Slowly bring to the boil while whisking.
  • Once all the ingredients have been whisked together reduce the heat down to a simmer and add in the honey. ( Feel free to add more or less honey depending on your taste preference).
  • Simmer for 45 minutes uncovered. Stir frequently to avoid the sauce from sticking. Keep on the heat until the sauce has reached the consistency that you prefer.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature before serving. If you are storing the sauce, store in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Personally, I like to store this sauce for a couple of days before using it. It has a more in-depth flavour!
Keyword Barbeque Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Sauce

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Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!

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