What Dad Really Wants for Father’s Day – Homemade BBQ Sauce

Cheers to fathers who show us the way, protect us, keep us laughing and always have just the right advice. There’s no one else like him, so this Father’s Day celebrate your dad’s unique style by creating a savory barbecue sauce to complement his grilling skills. Our favorite recipe makes a great base that can be adjusted to match your dad’s sweet, spicy or bold taste.

When choosing the right cut of meat to complement the recipe, rest assured no pork or chicken was raised with added hormones. Federal regulations don’t allow it. If you see a package labeled “hormone free,” it’s simply a marketing tactic, and there’s no need to pay extra for that label. Farmers can use a slow-release hormone for beef and lamb so their animals build muscle more efficiently, which results in leaner meat. It’s thoroughly tested before it reaches grocery store shelves to make sure it’s safe to eat. Now that you know, you can have confidence that whatever meat you choose is safe for you and your family.

Watch this video for step-by-step instructions and then get creative with the final ingredients – like pineapple juice or hot sauce – to win over dad’s tastebuds. He’ll appreciate the extra effort to make a meal that’s just as special as he is.

Dad not keen on barbecue sauce? Try this amazing soy marinade instead.

Not-So-Basic BBQ Sauce

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper


  • In a saucepan, combine all ingredients.
  • Heat to medium and stir until sauce begins to simmer.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Brush onto meat or pour into small cups for dipping.


Add your own ingredients to taste.
Pro Tip: For a sweeter sauce, a tablespoon of apple juice is a great compliment, while a dash of hot sauce can add some tasty heat. The choice is yours.