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This Blender BBQ Sauce Is Unbelievably Easy And Delicious

This blender BBQ sauce is easy and delicious, so you can have bbq beef sandwiches quick!

A Delicious Homemade BBQ Sauce That’s Ready In Seconds

When I was a girl, I loved most of the food my mom made, but I was always particularly excited when she made ribs with homemade BBQ sauce. Mom’s BBQ sauce was thick, sweet, and slightly tangy — exactly how I like it!

I didn’t find out that her recipe had a bonafide secret ingredient — prunes baby food — until my siblings and I were teenagers. (Knowing how we would have reacted to that knowing that were eating a fruit puree for babies, I can’t say I blame her for keeping that a secret as long as she did!)

With it being grilling season, I thought I’d share my take on my mom’s easy BBQ sauce recipe here in this post! Grab your blender and a few simple ingredients, and you’ll be seconds away from a delicious sauce that’s sure to steal the show at your next backyard barbecue.

How To Make Blender BBQ Sauce

You need a blender, brown sugar, catsup, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, liquid smoke, pepper, garlic powder and baby food prunes for this bbq sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2-1 cup brown sugar (for a sweeter sauce, use the higher amount)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 (2 1/2 ounce) container prunes baby food (my mom’s secret ingredient!)
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
Put all the bbq sauce ingredients in the blender and process until smooth.

Directions:

Get ready for the world’s easiest instructions…

Put all the ingredients in your blender, then blend until smooth. At that point, you can either warm the sauce on your stove or use it as is. And that’s it!

The secret ingredient to this blender bbq sauce is baby food prunes!

Additions & Substitutions

The recipe above is great as is, but don’t be afraid to add or swap ingredients to make it your own! You can add a dash of hot sauce or cayenne to give it a bit more heat, use less brown sugar, add more garlic — whatever sounds good to you!

One of the great things about this BBQ sauce recipe is that you can make a big batch of it and freeze whatever you won’t use right away. (I suggest pouring the extra sauce into an ice cube tray and freezing it, then transferring the frozen cubes to a ziplock freezer bag!)

Add this blender bbq sauce to shredded meat of any kind for delicious bbq sandwiches.

What Can I Put Blender BBQ Sauce On?

Brush this easy BBQ sauce on grilled chicken and serve with a fresh salad for a perfect summertime meal. I also love this sauce on a homemade BBQ chicken salad with black beans, corn, red onion, and ranch dressing. So good!

You can brush blender BBQ sauce on meatloaf and burgers, add it to shredded pork or chicken for sandwiches, and even stir into some mayo to make a tangy dip for french fries and onion rings. It’s also great on delicious BBQ chicken pizza too!

Do you have a favorite recipe or dish with BBQ sauce?

A pitcher of BBQ sauce on a table.

Blender BBQ Sauce Recipe

Jill Nystul
Whip up a deliciously sweet and smoky barbecue sauce at home with this quick and easy blender recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 72 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender or a bowl and whisk

Ingredients
  

  • ½-1 cup brown sugar to taste
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ounces baby food prunes or prune puree
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.
  • Warm before using, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 72kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 206mgPotassium: 130mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 151IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 0.3mg

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  • My favorite BBQ sauce is my own. It has no high fructose corn syrup and is 100% organic. The main ingredient is organic apple juice and it’s extremely delicious. If I won that blender, I could sure make more of it!

  • I always prefer a sweet little kick when it comes to my favorite bbq sauces. I will take any bottled sauce, add about 1/4 C honey, some garlic pepper, and 2-3 T of Sriracha to make it just right. Yum!

  • My son has severe food allergies, so we have to be very careful about what we use. He prefers Sweet Baby Ray’s Original, and it is free of any of the ingredient he is allergic to!

  • I grew up on a BBQ sauce made by a local company (Cajun). It was so different from traditional BBQ sauce. I eventually grew to like other kinds, but my favorite has always been one I make myself (from a cookbook).

  • I make one similar to yours. I use ketchup mustard and a little maple syrup. You can then fancy it up anyway you want and it males an excellent topping for meat loaf.

  • My daughter and I worked at a restaurant in Oklahoma. We made our own sauce but often we would need more, our favorite would be head country. Love the ingredients you are using here. I am now a self supporting missionary teaching the deaf sign language in the D.R. If I want good BBQ sauce I definitely have to make it, and I could sure use a blender, that would be wonderful! If this is a repeat it is because I didn’t see my comment show up.. Sorry. And thanks for the great ideas!

  • Looks like my other comment didn’t post :( i don’t really have a favorite BBQ sauce but I do love them to be a little sweet! I also make steak a lot so maybe I should start making my own :)

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  • My husband makes a wonderful BBQ sauce! It’s so good! I know it has BBQ sauce, brown sugar and ketchup in it, but I don’t remember the rest of the ingredients! It’s making my mouth water right now! :)

  • I have always liked the more vinegar/mustard style of BBQ sauce you find in the south, but this sounds great! I do have one question, I have never encountered or heard of Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminos. What exactly are they and what do they do to/for the sauce?

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  • Growing up my favorite BBQ sauce was from a local restaurant called Hal’s Grubstake…no longer exists. My family would stop by about once a month to buy a quart of their sauce. We have worked at trying to replicate the flavor and think we may have gotten close…close enough that we enjoy our recipe. It has much the same ingredients as yours but we use honey as the sweetener…so good!

  • I don’t have a favorite BBQ sauce…which one I use depends on my mood and what I am making. I look forward to trying this one, though! I always prefer to make something homemade if I can!

  • I love a bbq sauce that has a bit of a kick to it!! I recently have grown to love Franks sauce, and have started to add it to every thing! I may have to try making my mom recipe for bbq sauce and add some Franks.

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  • We like Cattlemen’s, I believe it is smokehouse. Very good but this one reminds me of my favorite sauce from the County Line BBQ in Austin. Thanks for sharing!

  • Aloha!
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  • The best BBQ sauce I’ve had is from a small place near where I grew up called The Swingin’ Door. I have no idea what makes it special, but it’s delicious!!!

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    Here’s hoping that this recipe will satisfy His Fussiness – and that I can will a Blendtec to make it in! :)

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  • My dad didn’t cook much but he used to make a home Ade BBQ sauce that was amazing. He would simmer it on the stove half the day and the house would smell amazing. I hated when we ran out!

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  • I have never made homemade BBQ sauce before. I can’t
    wait to try this recipe! Most brands at the store are just too sweet, not to mention all the unhealthy ingredients.

  • My cabinets are well stocked with all the different varieties of Sweet Baby Ray’s, but I’m always willing to try a homemade version — esp. with a Blendtec!

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  • My fav BBQ sauce is similar to yours, and a recipe from way back, with mustard, vinegar and hot sauce. I haven’t made it in years since the recipe also called for a cup of brown sugar. Your recipe sounds delicious and I’m going to mix up a batch and tweak it just a little to see if my old recipe can be made healthy. Thanks for the inspiration Jillee! As always, I enjoy all your posts! (and I dream of owning a Blendtec!!!!!)

  • My mom always made home made bar-b-que sauce for our family as well. (ketchup, vinegar, garlic, honey, Worcester, salt, pepper etc.).

    Loving my moms recipes, I have pared a few of hers down, easy peasy for a single gal cooking for one.

    My sweet bar b que sauce is just ketchup, a dash of mustard, brown sugar til thick, and garlic powder and salt and peppar to taste. It is so thick I can overcook my chicken in the oven and it comes out moist when totally covered by the thick bar b que sauce! Simple and delish!

  • I’ve made a BBQ sauce similar to yours but with maple syrup and garlic…delicious! I definitely need to make homemade BBQ sauce more often! If I’m buying BBQ sauce then we usually go for Stubbs!

  • I usually buy Sweet Baby Rays but tried sauce you had on your site for ribs, mmmm delicious. Now I make that with a little change in ingredients depending on the use.

  • My favorite is a delicious local pepper sauce called Punks Gourmet Pepper Sauce, and I like the Smokin’Sauce over the Mild of the two varieties.

  • Since this post has so many comments I was wondering if any of Jillee’s readers could help me out with a problem I am having. I signed up to receive email updates since Jillee’s blog is one of my favorites but I never receive any. No, they are not in my junk folder. Any ideas? TIA!

  • Jillee- My Mom is allergic to onions and she lives with us, so… it is a constant battle to find products without onions. IF I can find it, I will buy a bottled sauce without onions but, more & more, my husband concocts his own sauces created totally impromptu. A Blendtec blender would be an IMMENSE help! Thank you for all you do, you’re great!!!

  • I had no idea that my favorite store-bought sauce was as popular with so many others. Sweet Baby Ray’s is my favorite for ribs and pulled pork. Rudy’s is my favorite for brisket. My Darling Hubby smokes the best meat on the planet, but we haven’t been able to make a home-made sauce better than Sweet Baby Ray’s or Rudy’s. I’ll be anxious to try this recipe and see if it can beat them. Thanks for all you do, Jillee and co.!

  • I love the one called 6 ingredient..fairly reasonable but Jillee, thanks for posting this. I’ve tried a few homemade sauces and they failed. Can’t wait to try this!!! Thanks again Jillee – we appreciate all that you do!

  • I honestly can’t stand commercial BBQ sauce! It is so strong! I am on the everlasting hunt for homemade sauce. I would like to give this version a try! TY!

  • Now that the rains have finally stopped in MN, we will be BBQing more often. We use Sweet Baby Rays at our house but looking forward to making your recipe.

  • We usually use a tomato based sweet and spicy BBQ sauce, whatever is on sale. I keep toying with making my own, however, because all the regular brands contain high fructose corn syrup.

  • I’ve tried making my own, but it could never compare to what my dad used to make. He’d slow simmer it for hours and made the house stink so good!! I’ve never heard of, much less used the liquid aminos for cooking. Would this be an integral part of this recipe? For now, my go-to sauce has also always been Sweet Baby Ray’s. No BS, just darn good sauce. =)

  • I love a BBQ sauce from a small local place that makes their own. It is not a vinegar-y sauce, more mustard and a little sweet from honey? They won’t reveal the “secret recipe” LOL

  • Last summer I made a BBQ sauce that beat any other I’ve ever tried! My winning flavors? Fresh summer peaches and chipotle peppers!!! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

  • We eat a lot of BBQ! Homemade sauce is the best. This recipe is close to what I use. I will be trying this. We love to put BBQ sauce on salmon. For those of you who haven’t tried it, you need to. It is our favorite. YUM!

  • I love Sweet Baby Rays. Although, so often in a pinch, I make kido bbq sause = Catsup, mustard, brown sugar, and vinegar. Sensory kids just don’t like anything SPICY!!!

  • I love a barbecue sauce with a little cumin and chili powder added for deep flavor, and like using a little local honey since it seems to help our allergies. Your recipe sounds very good, so I will try it. Honey is loaded with fructose, so should be used sparingly – but I love it.

  • My favorite BBQ Sauce is Bulls Eye because it has a nice little zing to it that is very pleasing to my palate. I am going to try your recipe tonight but I do not have a blender so I will use my food processor hoping it will turn out fine.

  • I’m pretty boring. My all time favorite for years was the Jack Daniel’s original BBQ sauce, but now we try to stay away from GMOs, so we switched to Organic Ville original BBQ sauce from Vitacost.com.

    It’s not as awesome, but still pretty good.

    Love me some BBQ!!!

  • We usually buy Stubbs or Annie’s Organic BBC sauce. Jillee’s recipe looks so easy and bonus it is low sugar. I have to try it. Seems like it would be a good recipe for a diabetic, which means that I could make it for my grandfather. Yay!

  • Life would not be the same without BBQ!
    I love Famous Dave’s or Sweet Baby Ray’s when I don’t have time to make my own. I have a very simple base recipe that I can alter to the particular needs of the meat or the inclinations of the eaters.

  • Oh, the darker the sauce the better the flavor. I mix mine up with apple cider vinegar, molasses, brown sugar, garlic, turmeric, sea salt, pepper, brown mustard, tomatoes, a pinch of cayenne, a bit of this and a smidgen of that. Add a huge dose of love and call it good. Love the blog!

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  • Montgomery Inn BBQ is unique to the Cincinnati area and one of our family favorites. Husband also really likes Billy Sims so we always make a stop there when in Oklahoma to see my daughter. I like Sweet Baby Ray’s too.

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  • My fave sauce is from Dana Thornock’s Lean & Free 200 Plus cookbook. It has onion, vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, chili powder and salt & pepper. I don’t like sweet meat or liquid smoke & this is just tasty!

  • As long as it is mild with all natural ingredients (no high fructose corn syrup), I am happy! My husband on the other hand might be more picky. ;)

  • I love Bar-B-Q sauce but I nearly always make my own! I use liquid smoke a small can of tomato sauce, mesquite seasoning, olive oil, lemon juice and homemeade red wine. Marinade my ribs, chicken etc for a day then toss them on the grill my brother had made for me last Christmas out of an oil drum! BLISS!

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  • Wow I am going to have to try that sauce! It looks wonderful. My family really likes Sweet Baby Rays Sauces. While we like most of the SBR that we have tried we tend to stick with the original sauce. Thanks for all the wonderful DIY things that you share with us!

  • My favorite is a homemade sauce called Merle’s Mop Sauce. It is tangy ,not so sweet. Has grated ginger root in it. I believe it was made a a southern BBQ pit somewhere in Tennessee around Memphis.