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3 Ingredient BBQ Sauce

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Summertime is the perfect time for cookouts and enjoying delicious barbecues. And BBQ is best enjoyed with sauce. If you’re looking for a delicious and easy homemade, and no-cook bbq sauce recipe, look no further! Because this 3 ingredient homemade honey bbq sauce is sure to please everyone at your next get-together or barbecue.

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Basting 3 Ingredient BBQ Sauce on a Grilled chicken on a plate

This easy barbecue sauce recipe with ketchup is perfect for chicken, pork, or beef. And, it’s so delicious that you’ll want to put it on everything! You can also use it as a dipping sauce or even a marinade. Plus, this sauce can be made in just 5 minutes!

Homemade Barbeque Sauce

There’s nothing better than homemade BBQ sauce during the summer. It’s the perfect way to spice up your barbeque!

Also, this recipe has a sweet, smoky, and tangy flavor. You can also make the BBQ sauce to your liking by adding different spices.

This homemade BBQ sauce is easy, no cooking is needed!

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3 Ingredients for Homemade BBQ Sauce

  • Ketchup – this is the base of this sauce recipe.
  • Honey – adds a sweet flavor.
  • Worcestershire sauce – adds a smoky and tangy flavor.

Note: To mix the honey easier, warm it up first. You can do this by putting it in a bowl of hot water or microwaving it for 5-15 seconds.

3 Ingredients for the BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, Raw Unfiltered Honey, and Worcestershire Sauce along with the measuring spoon and cup

Equipment for this Recipe

  • Medium bowl
  • Whisk – makes mixing the sauce quick and easy
  • Measuring cups and spoons
Photos of all the equipment, measuring spoon, measuring cup, whisk, and a medium bowl

Making the 3 Ingredient BBQ Sauce

How to make barbecue sauce with Ketchup

Making this homemade honey BBQ sauce is easy and it tastes great without brown sugar. We use honey because it makes the sauce richer. Honey also makes it a quick and easy no cook bbq sauce.

  • Put all the ingredients in a medium bowl.
Honey, Ketchup and Worcestershire sauce altogether in a medium bowl
  • Whisk the sauce until it is smooth and the honey is completely mixed in with the ketchup. This should take just 1-2 minutes with a wire whisk.
Mixing all the 3 Ingredients for the Homemade Honey BBQ Sauce in a medium bowl
  • Then it’s ready to use!

If you have leftover homemade barbecue sauce, store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Basting the 3 Ingredient Homemade Honey BBQ Sauce on a Grilled chicken

Recipe Variations

Spicy honey BBQ sauce recipe

  • Add 1 teaspoon of chili pepper paste to give the sauce a bit of a kick.
  • If you don’t have chili pepper paste, then use 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or hot chili powder. Or, 2 teaspoons of hot sauce to make this a hot or spicy honey bbq sauce.
Adding and mixing the chili pepper paste on the 3 Ingredient BBQ sauce in a medium bowl

Hickory BBQ Sauce

Adding and mixing the liquid smoke hickory flavoring on the 3 Ingredient BBQ sauce in a medium bowl

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make barbecue sauce without honey?

If you don’t have honey, you can use brown sugar, molasses, or maple syrup as a substitute in the recipe. If you use sugar, cook the sauce in a small saucepan until it comes to a rolling boil to dissolve the sugar crystals and thicken the sauce.

How long does homemade honey barbecue sauce last?

This 3 ingredient BBQ sauce can last in the fridge for up to 1 month.

Can you freeze this barbecue sauce?

Yes, this can be frozen. Pour it into a freezer-safe container and freeze it for up to three months. To use it, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before using.

Which ketchup is best for BBQ sauce?

You can use any ketchup for this recipe. Ketchup brands taste differently due to the blend of ingredients. I like using Heinz because it has a good balance of sweetness and acidity. They have organic ketchup (which is my preference) and no sugar added ketchup. I also like Target’s organic ketchup.

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Grilled chicken on a plate alongside with the 3 Ingredient Homemade Honey BBQ sauce on a medium bowl

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3 Ingredient BBQ Sauce

Make this tangy, honey BBQ sauce with 3 simple ingredients! It's perfect for dipping chicken tenders, fries, and so much more. Just stir and serve with this no cook recipe.
Course Appetizer, Snack, condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword dipping sauce, sauce for snacks, chicken tenders dip, chicken strips sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 44kcal


  • medium bowl
  • whisk


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup honey (warmed honey is easier to mix)
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

optional (spicy honey BBQ sauce)

  • 1 teaspoon chili pepper paste


  • Add all ingredients to a medium bowl. I recommend warming your honey to make it easier to measure and mix. Whisk until the sauce is smooth and the honey is completely mixed in with the ketchup (1-2 minutes).
  • Store leftover honey BBQ sauce in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.


Tips and substitutions:
The honey is easier to mix if you warm it in a bowl of hot water or in the microwave oven prior to use.
If you don’t have honey, you can use brown sugar, molasses, or maple syrup as a substitute in the recipe. If you use sugar, bring the sauce to a rolling boil in a small saucepan to dissolve the sugar crystals and thicken the sauce.
This recipe makes almost 1 1/2 cups of dipping sauce.


Serving: 1tablespoons | Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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1 thought on “3 Ingredient BBQ Sauce”

  1. 5 stars
    You MUST use Heinz if you use the ketchup version of this recipe! I may be a little bias, though🤔I grew up 30 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, Pa. Going into the city🌆, one of the highlights for me as a kid👧was seeing the huge red ‘Heinz’ sign, LOL😜! Thanks for sharing this recipe🫶! I am going to make country ribs for dinner…if I ever get my butt off of the internet🤪


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