Easy BBQ Sauce for Ribs

5 from 3 votes

Looking for a way to spice up your usual rib recipe? Try this super easy to make Homemade BBQ sauce for ribs! Great on chicken as well!

bbq sauce for ribs

I was making some ribs and wanted them glazed in BBQ Sauce. Unfortunately, I was out of BBQ sauce and was short on time so I made this simple BBQ Sauce for my Ribs.

ingredients in saucepan

You only need 7 simple ingredients to pull this BBQ Sauce Recipe off. Yep, this recipe is really that easy.

pork ribs with bbq sauce on grill

The only ingredient you might not have on hand for this recipe is Chili Sauce. I personally like the Heinz Variety but you can use what you have on hand or the brand you prefer.

bottle of heinz chili sauce

I originally made this sauce for my pork ribs, but you can pretty much use it on whatever kind of meat you want like a pork tenderloin or even chicken! It’s a pretty versatile BBQ sauce.

bbq sauce for ribs

When it comes time to baste your ribs, I prefer to slowly cook the meat without any sauce and then baste it with the bbq sauce in the final 10 to 15 minutes of cooking.

You can baste sooner but I like my method as it will prevent the meat from burning on the outside before the internal temperature reaches its target.

bbq pork ribs on a place \

If you are cooking ribs you are shooting for an internal temperature of at least 145°F and 165°F for chicken. Make sure you use a good quality thermometer to check the internal temp.

Now you are probably wondering what this bbq sauce tastes like. Well it does have a little “kick” to it from the chili sauce and powder but not too much. You also get a little sweetness from the molasses.

I often get asked what a good substitute for molasses would be. Not sure if it’s because they don’t have any on hand or simply don’t like the flavor.

You have a few options as far as substitutes go: dark corn syrup, maple syrup, honey or even some dark brown sugar with a little water added to it.

Remember that substituting for one of these ingredients will alter the overall flavor of this recipe.

pork ribs glazed with bbq sauce

You will need the following ingredients to make this BBQ Sauce for Ribs recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Ketchup, Chili Sauce, Molasses, Apple Cider Vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce, Chili Powder and Ground Black Pepper.

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the BBQ sauce has thickened.

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bbq sauce for ribs

Easy BBQ Sauce for Ribs

Looking for a way to spice up your usual rib recipe? Try this super easy to make Homemade BBQ sauce for your rack of ribs!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course BBQ Sauce
Cuisine American
Author Rodney
Servings 14
Calories 66 kcal


  • Saucepan


  • ¾ Cup Ketchup
  • ¾ Cup Chili Sauce
  • ½ Cup Molasses
  • ¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper


  • In a saucepan over medium-heat, combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the bbq sauce has thickened.


Serving: 2 TbspCalories: 66kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.03gSodium: 358mgPotassium: 302mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 338IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. Janice says:

    I made this BBQ Sauce as I wanted to try something new. I will never go back to my old recipe. It was extremely tasteful and delicious.

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