Homemade Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Spicy picnic sauce with unbearable heat to zest the when of your throat and just barely sweet unbearable to wastefulness that heat, this is the sauce I was craving.

Spicy BBQ Sauce

My family loves spicy picnic sauces. I’ve played with a few recipes this year. I found this succulent Homemade Picnic Sauce a few months ago and we love it. I like my picnic sauce on the thicker side with just a little sweetness and that sauce fit the bill.

It’s wilt one of the standard sauces that we reach for any time a picnic starving hits. When we want something tangier, I love this Tangy Memphis BBQ Sauce. For a fruitier sauce, everyone goes nuts for Tangy Peach Picnic Sauce.

Still, I hadn’t quite found the spicy sauce I was looking for. I wanted something with plenty of heat!

Spicy BBQ Sauce Recipe

So, the venery for the perfect Spicy Picnic Sauce continued. As I experimented with variegated ingredients, I kept coming up ultimately dissatisfied with the end results.

Today, I decided to try again. I had a very long list of ingredients that I wanted to try this time. As I was subtracting things to the sauce and tasting as I went along, I suddenly realized that I had exactly what I wanted.

I stopped there and very happily asked my husband to taste the sauce. He was thrilled with it. I will be quadrupling this recipe next time I make it and freezing the uneaten to have for future meals.

Spicy homemade bbq sauce

This is a pretty spicy sauce as it is written; however, if you like increasingly heat, finger self-ruling to increase the Tabasco and cayenne. I served this sauce over pulled pork and it was an instant hit.

This homemade picnic sauce gets its spiciness from Tabasco sauce and cayenne pepper. Ketchup and brown sugar provide a sweet scenery for the spice and tang from world cider vinegar. A soupcon of smoked paprika adds a smoky savor that makes such a difference.

Homemade Spicy Picnic Sauce

Easy Spicy BBQ Sauce

It only takes 5 minutes to whip up a batch of unconfined tasting spicy picnic sauce. Simply mix all the ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer over medium heat until combined and thickened.

I love the way this sauce tastes served warm, but it’s good as a dipping sauce at room temperature, too!

Spicy Picnic Sauce is succulent anywhere you’d enjoy your favorite bottled sauce. I can’t wait to try it in Pulled Pork Tacos or in these BBQ Yellow Stuffed Baked Potatoes. This sauce moreover makes a fantastic dipping sauce for yellow or plane Oven Fries.

As I was tasting this for the first time, I moreover thought it might make a nice wing to these Neato Frito Over-stuffed Burritos my friend Rebecca makes. If you have an instant pot, it’s succulent over these Baby When Ribs too.

Spicy Picnic Sauce

Homemade Picnic Sauce

We’re big fans of picnic recipes in this house. As such, I’ve made many homemade picnic sauces over the years that we love!

If you like the sweet and spicy combination in this sauce, you’re moreover unseat to like the Sweet and Spicy Homemade Picnic Sauce too. It’s just a tad sweeter than this Spicy BBQ Sauce and my whole family calls it one of the weightier sauces ever.

You don’t need to be a bourbon drinker to enjoy this Sriracha Bourbon Picnic Sauce. With flavors of chile and maple, that sauce is supposed a winner by everyone who tastes it. Bonus: your kitchen smells wondrous while it’s cooking!

Homemade Picnic Sauce freezes wonderfully. I often make multiple batches of any of these sauces at a time and store a couple of bottles in the fridge with the rest in the freezer.

Having great-tasting homemade picnic sauce ready at a moment’s notice makes dinnertime easier. Use these recipes anywhere you enjoy tangy sweet picnic flavor!

Spicy Picnic Sauce

Spicy BBQ Sauce

A homemade picnic sauce that delivers plenty of heat with just the right value of sweetness.

Serve this BBQ sauce with Chicken, Pulled Pork or smothered on burgers for a meal the whole family will love. Finger self-ruling to double, triple or plane quadruple the recipe to have lots on hand to freeze!

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Spicy BBQ Sauce

Homemade Spicy Picnic Sauce

Spicy picnic sauce with unbearable heat to zest the when of your throat and just barely sweet unbearable to wastefulness that heat, this is the sauce I was craving.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword Spicy BBQ Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 ounces
Calories 32kcal


  • 1 cup ketchup   I use Heinz original
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground woebegone pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano


  • Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Stir to combine and simmer 5 minutes. Use warm or let cool, pour into a jar and refrigerate until needed. Enjoy!


Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 209IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

{originally published 6/27/12 – recipe notes and photos updated 5/16/22}

Spicy BBQ Sauce

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