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Tangy BBQ Sauce

If you love your barbecue sauce with a bit of tang, than this Tangy BBQ sauce is for you with its simple mouthwatering ingredients.

Measuring cup and bowl of homemade BBQ sauce

Simple ingredients come together quickly for one tangy, homemade barbecue sauce.

Bbq sauce is my favorite condiment. 

Don’t misunderstand, I still love ketchup, mustard, and mayo but pretty much anything I can put ketchup on, I can put bbq sauce on. 

There are 3 off-the-shelf or prepared sauces that I love.  I do not make homemade bbq sauce every time I want to use it.  However, when I make it homemade, I make double or triple batches to have the leftovers to dip my fries, chicken, or whatever into.  

Depending on how I plan to use the sauce (is it for chicken, beef, pork, etc?) will determine how I season and flavor my sauce. 

Measuring cup and glass bowl of homemade bbq sauce

This version I use with my pulled pork.  I braise my pork in apple juice so I use apple cider vinegar in this sauce. 

However, whenever I want the extra tang for any bbq sauce, I use apple cider vinegar, regardless of what I am pairing it with. 

This recipe makes a bit over 2 cups prepared.  Like I said, I like bbq sauce and really should just make gallons at a time.

Bowlful of tangy barbecue sauce
Bowlful of tangy barbecue sauce

Tangy BBQ sauce

Course: Condiment/Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Tangy Barbecue Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 32
Calories: 34 kcal
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

If you love your barbecue sauce with a bit of tang, than this Tangy BBQ sauce is for you with its simple mouthwatering ingredients.



  • 3 tbsp butter
  • tbsp water
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • tsp yellow mustard
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic


  1. Add the butter to the sauce over medium heat.

  2. Once melted, raise the heat to medium high.

  3. Add the water, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar; whisk to combine.

  4. Whisk in all the seasonings.

  5. Bring to a low boil for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.

  6. Reduce heat to medium low, allow to simmer for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  7. Remove from heat.

  8. Use immediately or allow to cool, then store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Less Tangy BBQ Sauce

Decrease the apple cider vinegar to 2 tbsp for a less tangy version of this sauce. 

Nutrition Facts
Tangy BBQ sauce
Amount Per Serving (2 tbsp)
Calories 34 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 171mg7%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 134IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post has been updated from its original 2/1/2014 publishing.

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