Builder’s Basic BBQ Sauce

Builder’s Basic BBQ Sauce

Dozer’s Garage

Builder’s Basic BBQ Sauce Recipe


The basic rib and chicken sauce or glaze.  Tangy and sweet.  A base barbecue sauce recipe with lots of ways to change it up.



Ready In:

15 min


(1) Dead easy

Good For:

Pork ribs, pulled pork and chicken

A Sauce to Build On

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Here’s a basic sweet n’ tangy bbq sauce for finishing or glazing, using ingredients most people will have around the house.

It’s a nice easy sauce as described, but it’s particularly open to modification to your tastes or other uses.

Have a look at the Options & Tweaks section for ideas to make it your own

Keeps up to 3 days in the fridge (probably longer).



  • 1/2 cup tomato ketchup, any brand
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 cup apple juice
  • 2 TBSP Bulldozer Hogfather Rub
  • 1 TBSP Dijon mustard
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TBSP oil, canola or rice bran
  • 1 tsp finely minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper

Step 1

Add brown sugar, Hogfather rub, salt, pepper, vinegar and juice in a small saucepan and just bring to a boil, whisking as it heats.


Step 2

Add in ketchup, dijon mustard and worcestershire and whisk again.  


Step 3

Simmer for about 10 minutes.

Step 4

Add oil, whisk and remove from heat.   Let cool at least 5 minutes.


Step 5

Use a brush to cover a grilled or smoked rack of pork ribs,  cooked chicken and as a dressing for pulled pork.

Options & Tweaks

  • Raise or lower the sweet or the tang by increasing or decreasing the amount of brown sugar and apple cider vinegar
  • Hit it with some hot sauce for a little heat.  (We recommend some of our Pom Bomb)
  • No big deal if you’d rather leave out the garlic
  • Go with more of an Asian style by replacing some of the ketchup with hoisin sauce.   Alternately, add ginger, soy and use fish sauce instead of Worcestershire
  • Add some melted butter.  Or honey.  Or both.
  • For a competition glaze, add an extra TBSP of rub at the beginning and an extra teaspoon of oil plus an 1/8 cup of glucose at the end.  This will add extra shine and that hit of sweet flavour.