Recipe Box, Grillmaster’s BBQ Sauce

When I saw the spread on the kitchen island, I asked HHjr

What are you making?”

“It’s a championship winning recipe adapted from Big Bob Gibson,” he replied

Big Bob Gibson is an Alabama legend who is famous for his White BBQ Sauce and BBQ joints

“Yikes, that’s a lot of ingredients!” I said

“Yeah, but it’s not hard to make at all…you just dump everything in a pan and simmer for 15 minutes” he explained

There are so many great bottled BBQ sauces available, and just as many prized family and secret recipes, but you really ought to give this one a try sometime, all of us are raving about it

HHjr buys these handy squeeze bottles at Walmart for under $1, great for putting the perfect drizzle on your BBQ pulled pork sandwich, chicken, ribs, or anything!

Grillmaster’s BBQ Sauce

Prep Time 20 minutes
Course condiment, sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cups


  • 1 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 4 T honey
  • 3 T molasses
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T apple juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp cumin


  • Combine ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Cool then transfer to covered container and refrigerate for up to two weeks. Brush meat with sauce at the end of grilling, or bring to room temperature, or warm before serving on the side.
Keyword BBQ sauce, Grillmaster’s sauce, homemade BBQ sauce

This smells amazing while it’s simmering, be prepared for droolers!

Do not be intimidated by the number of ingredients,  most of them are probably already in your pantry

Happy Grillin’ & Chillin’!

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22 Responses to “Recipe Box, Grillmaster’s BBQ Sauce”
  1. Jenna, how nice to have a male chef in your family! I can smell the sauce simmering now and I do like throw it all in a pot!

  2. Good to know the long ingredient list is worth it! I love that there is maple syrup and molasses in there. The BBQ sauce looks good! How great that you had a sous chef Jenna!

    Johanne Lamarche


  3. anne says:

    Your BBQ sauce sounds tasty. Which ingredient did you use? White vinegar or apple cider vinegar? They are very different in taste and 3/4 C is a lot.

  4. Kim says:

    We Southerners do love our BBQ! Thank HHJr. for us – for sharing the recipe. Looks and sounds perfectly deliciouso! πŸ™‚

  5. Stacey says:

    Sounds wonderful! Love the addition of a little bit of cayenne pepper. πŸ™‚

  6. Pinned – thanks! I had a friend who, years ago, came to my house to make a BBQ sauce that seemed very similar in ingredients (can’t remember bc he wouldn’t write it down for me, didn’t want me to remember!), so this will work!

  7. chrisscheuer415 says:

    I’ve been wanting to make homemade barbecue sauce. Now you’ve given me some inspiration. It sounds wonderful!!

  8. Jill Kuhn says:

    I bet it does smell wonderful simmering on the stove! Yum! 😊

  9. Kitty says:

    Wow Jenna, that is a long list of ingredients, but I sure would love to try it! I’ll bet the smell wafting through your house, was incredible!
    I hope you had a Happy 4th of July with your family. I was in Ohio last week, celebrating my Mom’s 88th birthday.

  10. Mary says:

    Sounds like a great sauce for our leftover pulled pork Jenna!

  11. JESS44903 says:

    Pinned! Sounds amazing!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  12. Ariel says:

    Homemade BBQ Sauce! YUMMMM! Pinning for Later!

  13. Julie says:

    Hi Jenna, this sauce sounds really good. I too pinned
    Thanks for sharing at C&C with J&J.

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