Granny’s Barbecue Sauce

Granny's BBQ sauce

One of the easiest main courses I make is to put a Boston butt (a specific cut of pork) in the crock pot on low for about 8 hours with some of Granny’s barbecue sauce.  Then I drain it, shred it, and drizzle more barbecue sauce over the top.  Dinner!  Let’s eat!  Use this sauce for grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, and pork chops.  Use a beef brisket to make barbecued beef rather than pulled pork.  Add it to baked beans for tremendous flavor.  The opportunities are endless.

Everybody needs a secret recipe.  Make this your own secret recipe by using honey instead of maple syrup.  Try increasing the amount of maple syrup or decreasing it.  Choose to skip the allspice or up the vinegar.  However you tweak it, I think it’ll be great!  Do use caution on the Worcestershire sauce if you have food sensitivities because it can contain some pesky, allergenic substances.

This is the sauce my mom has always made for grilling and baked beans.  She uses ketchup instead of tomato sauce.  It is a happy recipe in our family.


Granny’s Barbecue Sauce

(Makes about 3 cups)

  • 1  can plain tomato sauce, 15 ounces (equal to 1 and 3/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Ground, black pepper to taste, maybe 1/4 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika


Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stir, and then reduce heat.  Simmer for no more than 5 minutes.  Stir frequently to avoid scorching.

Store in refrigerator after cooled for up to a week.

Family “gustar” report:  Everybody likes this sauce in our house, and it’s a great trick to get the kids to eat meats they wouldn’t normally like.  So the score is 6/6!

I mentioned this is a happy recipe for me.  It reminds me of raucous summer days around the dinner table with my family.  Do you have any happy recipes?  Are they secret?  Do you believe in secret recipes?  I don’t really.  If it’s good, it should be shared!

Eat real.  Be real.


9 thoughts on “Granny’s Barbecue Sauce

  1. EmilyMaine

    ha so funny. I actually did exactly this this week for the very first time! I actually made my own Ketchup (which is amazing) and used that as the base for the smokey bbq sauce which had a lot of your ingredients too. It was the bomb!

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      It is yummy, isn’t it? And so convenient! Not hard at all! Why buy BBQ sauce in a plastic bottle with weird preservatives! I forgot to mention you could add “drops of smoke” if tolerated for a mesquite type flavor. But I know some may not tolerate that. Happy weekend!


  2. All Seasons Cyclist

    My wife invented her own “secret BBQ sauce recipe.” I don’t know the exact ingredients (that is why it is still a “secret”). However, she assures me it is very healthy and made with all natural ingredients.

  3. mommytrainingwheels

    That looks yummy! I’ve made BBQ sauce a few times in the crockpot, but I’ve yet to find the perfect balance of flavours. I’m down for trying anything that has maple syrup in it. 😉

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Definitely the maple syrup. Definitely. And the Worchestershire sauce gives it that, I don’t know, tang? complexity?… When we did our elimination diet, I had to eliminate that (and maple syrup–but maple syrup was introduced way before the Worchestershire sauce) and the sauce was so bland and ho-hum. Maple syrup is our go-to sugar because my dad makes it. We’re lucky!

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