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Texas BBQ Sauce

If you want a bold sauce with incredible flavor, this Texas BBQ Sauce is just perfect for you!

two jars full of homemade texas bbq sauce

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I’m sure you’ve heard that everything is bigger in Texas and being from Texas I can tell you that it’s pretty much true. There are lots of things to like about Texas, but the big and bold flavors are my favorite. This homemade Texas BBQ Sauce features big and bold flavors with just the right amount of heat.

I like making homemade BBQ sauces because I know exactly what I’m putting in them. I can forego all the preservatives and extra add-ins and enjoy real, bold flavors.

two jars full of homemade texas bbq sauce

Making homemade sauces is a lot easier than you might think and the incredible flavor is unmatchable. Don’t believe me? Try this Texas BBQ Sauce recipe and let me know what you think!

Texas BBQ Sauce Recipe

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The perfect barbecue sauce to accompany any type of meat. The big & bold flavors of this Texas BBQ Sauce can't be matched.
Serves: 3 cups
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, halved and finely diced
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ⅓ cup dark molasses
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 whole chipotle in adobo sauce
  • ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the paprika, chili powder, tomato sauce, tomato paste, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, and chipotle, whisking to combine. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the flavors come together, about 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and blend or puree until smooth. Stir in the lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Baste grilled foods with sauce only during the final stages of grilling to prevent the sugars in the sauce from burning.

Whether you’re cooking up a brisket or enjoying a burger, this Texas BBQ Sauce makes a great accompaniment to all your meats.

two jars full of homemade texas bbq sauce

I love that this homemade barbecue sauce is thicker than a traditional barbecue sauce. It’s not going to run all over your plate because it’s perfectly thick. It’s not overly thick, but just perfect.

And it’s super easy to make!

Texas BBQ Sauce Tips

If you don’t like spice, then you probably won’t like this Texas BBQ Sauce recipe. It’s not super spicy, but it does carry some heat. If you prefer a non-spicy version, simply omit the chipotle pepper with adobo sauce and switch out the sweet paprika for a smoked paprika.

When making Texas BBQ Sauce, an immersion blender comes in super handy. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend this one. I use mine for sauces, soups, purees, and all kinds of things in the kitchen. It’s super useful.

two jars full of homemade texas bbq sauce

There are lots of different ways to store your Texas BBQ Sauce, but I’m a fan of pretty over practical. I love the little glass jars I picked up at Hobby Lobby. They also have some great options on Amazon like these, and these, and even these. If you prefer to store the sauce in a more practical way, these glass sauce bottles would work too.

two jars full of homemade texas bbq sauce

If you haven’t tried making homemade sauces because you thought they were too hard, this recipe will prove to you otherwise. I think once you try a homemade sauce, you’ll never want a store-bought sauce again.

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If you like big and bold flavors, this Texas BBQ Sauce recipe is just right for you.

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Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

My kids have always been dippers. It doesn't matter what they're eating, as long as they can dip it into something. One of their favorites is this delicious Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce that is SO easy to make.

Chicken Dipping Sauce

In just a few minutes you can make this delicious Chicken Dipping Sauce with ingredients you probably already have at home.

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1
    Ellie Wright says:

    My favorite is grilled shrimp.

  2. 2

    I love a good steak, and also grilled corn! Yum!

  3. 3
    Margaret Smith says:

    Steak is my favorite.

  4. 4
    Ann Fantom says:

    I love grilled salmon

  5. 5
    Shakeia Rieux says:

    My favorite is grilled fish.

  6. 6
    Thomas Gerber says:

    Definitely Steak!

  7. 7

    Steaks, and also chicken wings! I also like a basket of grilled veggies.

  8. 8
    Audrey Stewart says:

    I love New York Strip Steak on the grill. I also have a basket that I can grill veggies in.

  9. 9
    Tracy Shafer says:

    BBQ Ribs! I’m addicted to them!

  10. 10

    100% my favorite grilled food is hotdogs. Grilling makes them taste amazing plus a barbecue is only time I get to have them!

  11. 11
    Martin Ochoa says:

    There is nothing better than grilled chicken. The way the fat drips on the coals and the vapor/mist rises and sticks on the chicken. Mmm Mmm Mmmmmm

  12. 12
    sherry cooper says:

    My favorite is pulled pork. It used to be brisket but I now have a beef allergy

  13. 13
    Joseph Fleming says:

    Barbecue is the best dinning. It is always done with family and friends and always delicious.

  14. 14
    Terra Heck says:

    I like grilled asparagus covered in olive oil and parmesan cheese. Thanks.

  15. 15

    My favorite grilled food is when my husband makes his herb-rubbed ribs or lamb chops on our grill- which he use as a smoker!

  16. 16

    I love a grilled tri-tip. (I always have to make at least two: one for dinner and one for sandwiches the next day)

  17. 17
    Paula Gustin says:

    My favorite grilled food would have to be Salmon!

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    Adrienne Gordon says:


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    kelly tupick says:

    My favorite grilled food is marinated steak tips.

  20. 20
    Veronica L says:

    Hmm.. That’s a tough choice. We love to grill steaks but we also love grilling chicken, onions & peppers on a kabob.

  21. 21

    My favorite grilled food is hamburgers. Especially when they are seasoned with BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and spices.

  22. 22
    Annmarie W. says:

    My hubby grills these yummy chicken kebobs, with onion & tomato & red pepper! They’re delicious!

  23. 23
    Kim Henrichs says:

    Oh definitely shrimp!! I could eat a mountain of it.

  24. 24

    My favorite grilled food is a good old American Hamburger

  25. 25
    carol clark says:

    mine is steak and chicken and hamburgers

  26. 26
    Brenda Stingel says:

    My favorite is steak!

  27. 27
    Kyl Neusch says:

    Steak is my favorite.

  28. 28
    Lisa Bourlier says:

    Steak and Hamburgers!

  29. 29

    Grilled salmon is my favorite.

  30. 30

    My favorite grilled food is steaks and asparagus!

  31. 31
    Richard Hicks says:

    My favorite grilled food is a tasty steak

  32. 32
    Antoinette M says:

    I love grilled chicken!

  33. 33
    Christie K. says:

    My crew loves grilled shrimp, grilled jalapeno peppers stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon. 😉

  34. 34
    Julia Baxter says:

    I like plain grilled chicken breast and bratwurst.

  35. 35
    Cindy Merrill says:

    My favorite grilled food is freshly caught trout- the flavor when properly done is just mind blowing.

  36. 36
    Linda Lansford says:

    I love grilled steak

  37. 37
    Jessica To says:

    I like to eat grilled chicken but I usually just grill hamburgers.

  38. 38
    elizabeth miller says:

    My favorite grilled food is a tie between shrimp and ribs.

  39. 39
    Julie Bickham says:

    I love BBQ grilled chicken.

  40. 41

    I love Mexican grilled corn on the cob!

  41. 42

    I really like burgers and thin sliced chicken breast

  42. 43
    Kristen Benson says:

    Burgers and steaks and corn

  43. 44

    I love ribs and steaks.

  44. 45
    Jessica Gipson says:

    I love to grill burgers and steaks.

  45. 46

    My favorite grilled food is pineapple.

  46. 47
    David Basile says:


  47. 48

    I love grilled shrimp

  48. 49
    beth shepherd says:

    Steak is my favorite! Thank you

  49. 50

    I love brisket.

  50. 51
    KatyMichelle says:

    grilled bbq chicken

  51. 52
    Donna Clifford says:

    grilled anything, steak is prob my favorite.

  52. 53
    Kim Avery says:

    I love grilled steak or burgers.

  53. 54
    Karley Moore says:

    My favorite grilled food is definitely Steaks. Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. 55
    Keri justice says:

    Grilled flat iron steaks.

  55. 56

    I like grilled ribs.

  56. 57

    I like grilled baby back ribs

  57. 58
    Kristina Nguyen says:

    I love grilled ribs

  58. 59
    Vicki Wurgler says:

    my favorite is a ribeye steak

  59. 60
    Jeremy McLaughlin says:

    Grilled fish.

  60. 61
    amy stonger says:

    My favorite is sausage.

  61. 62
    Susan Christy says:

    Spicy Chicken Wings are my favorite grilled food.

  62. 63

    Grilled steak all day.

  63. 64
    Jennifer Barr says:

    bbq chicken

  64. 65
    Azeem Isaahaque says:

    I like grilled steak

  65. 66
    HAZELL PEREZ says:

    My favorite grilled food is Grilled Rib Eye Steak. Thanks for the wonderful chance 🙂 very generous!

  66. 67

    We love ribeye steaks and grilled peppers!

  67. 68
    Deb Cohen says:

    grilled steak and veggies like fingerlin potatoes peppers and squash

  68. 69

    My favorite food to grill is asparagus!

  69. 70
    Denise B. says:

    We love very rare cheeseburgers and barbecue chicken.

  70. 71
    Carolyn g says:

    I grilled chicken

  71. 72

    A ribeye steak is my favorite grilled food.

  72. 73
    Fredrick Pauly says:

    A good steak in my favorite grilled food.

  73. 74
    susan smoaks says:

    right now i am really loving grilled veggies, especially cauliflower. it is my favorite.

  74. 75
    Paula Hafner says:

    My favorite grilled food is chicken. I also love grilled mushrooms with cheese.

  75. 76
    Stephanie Liske says:

    I love chicken on the grill.

  76. 77
    Cami Valenzuela says:

    I love grilled steak.

  77. 78
    Krystal pena says:

    My favorite grilled food is carne asada so many ways to make it!

  78. 79
    jennifer cervantes says:

    We love grilling chicken.

  79. 80
    Tonya Mcminn says:

    BBQ spare ribs

  80. 81
    Susan Smith says:

    We love grilling steak and hamburgers.

  81. 82
    Jane McGregor says:

    Crab legs!

  82. 83

    I love grilled chicken!

  83. 84
    Kristi C says:

    My favorite grilled food is a sirloin steak with grilled red peppers and squash.

  84. 85
    Margaret K says:

    Fish tacos. Go figure….in the middle of AZ..

  85. 86

    Chicken is my favorite grilled food.

  86. 87

    I like grilled steak, but grilled food is my favorite so pretty much anything grilled is yummy!

  87. 88

    boy its hard to pick just once since I love grilled foods but probably hamburgers, they just taste better grilled. But I love shrimp, salmon, steak, chicken and assorted veggies too.

  88. 89

    My favorite has to be baby back ribs.

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    Mark Marville says:


  90. 91

    BBQ bacon burgers.

  91. 92
    elizabeth peck says:

    I love grilled eggplant.

  92. 93
    Calen Treat says:

    I love seafood!

  93. 94
    Jessie Arthur says:

    My favorite thing to grill is steak!

  94. 95
    Normand Sanborn says:

    love spicy sauces

  95. 96

    Yummy! Homemade BBQ sauce is a total favorite of mine. Totally pinning this one to try later! I would have say, my favorite grilled food is steak!

  96. 97

    chicken and onions!

  97. 98
    Rebecca Joiner says:

    Grilled vegetables are my favorite. Squash, Zucchini, corn

  98. 99

    Salmon is my favorite grilled food.

  99. 100

    I have to go with cheeseburgers:)

  100. 101
    Carolyn Daley says:

    I love grilled burgers and steaks.

  101. 102

    I can’t narrow down a favorite. Meat is my favorite. Cheeseburgers and bbq chicken!

  102. 103
    Michelle Hill says:

    Only RIBS for me!

  103. 104
    Stephanie Larison says:

    Steak on the grill is my absolute fave!

  104. 105
    Karrie Millheim says:

    I love grilled hot dogs

  105. 106
    Trisha McKee says:

    I love grilled steak and veggies! But anything else grilled is okay with me. I cannot wait for grilling weather to be here.

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    Cassandra says:

    Burgers and corn on the cob.

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    EMMA L HORTON says:


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    marlene a harris says:

    i am not picky any thing with a good hot sauce thank you

  109. 110

    I like grilled mushrooms

  110. 111

    A rare burger!

  111. 112
    Jennifer J says:

    I like grilled green beans! Thank you!!

  112. 113
    John T Kirkpatrick says:

    My favorite grilled food is asparagus.

  113. 114

    I love chicken on the grill!!

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    Jennifer H. says:

    I like grilled pineapple.

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    kathy pease says:

    I really love grilled shrimp

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    Beverly Metcalf says:

    My favorite is chicken , with lots of BBQ sauce on it. Thanks!

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    Tammy Evans says:

    I love a grilled steak, especially the way my husband makes it.

  118. 119

    My favorite grilled food is steak and salmon.

  119. 120

    my favorite would be grilled steak.

  120. 121

    Steak is my favorite

  121. 122
    Buddy Garrett says:

    Grilled frankfurters are my favorite.

  122. 123

    My favorite grilled food: Beef Fajitas !!!

  123. 124
    Rebecca C says:

    I love grilled veggies – especially eggplant and zucchini. I also like grilled chicken. I’m so ready for summertime and grilling!

  124. 125

    I love grilled chicken.

  125. 126
    Jerry Marquardt says:

    I like the barbecue ribs the most of all griller items.

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    Jennifer Pickett says:

    I love grilled red potatoes and onions with grilled chicken breast or grilled pork chops.

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