A Simple Barbecue Sauce Recipe and Giveaway to Get you Grilling ASAP

by Pamela

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Would you believe me if I told you I have a homemade bbq sauce recipe that you can whip up in just a couple of minutes that tastes as good, or better, than that bottled one you’ve been buying? What if I told you it was one of those 5 ingredients or less recipes? This simple barbecue sauce recipe allows you to slather your grilled meats with a tangy tomato, molasses and bacon flavor that will have you out at your grill in no time. Oh, and what would you think if I told you I was giving away a grilling package that contains seasonings, a heavy duty apron, grilling mitt and all the tools you need to have your next bbq…including a chef’s hat? Well, it’s all true.

Last month I told you that I was working with McCormick Grill Mates and their great summer grilling promotion called The Grillerhood. This recipe, and giveaway, is part 2 in this great summer outdoors series.

The Grillerhood by McCormick Grill MatesSee this fantastic apron, filled with all kinds of goodies? I received one and you just might win one. It’s filled with all the essentials you need for getting your grill on, but it’s also filled with McCormick Grill Mates seasoning products which can help elevate your bbq’ing to new heights. The flavor combo’s include all the favorite flavors you crave this summer like: molasses and bacon, steakhouse onion burger, smokin’ Texas bbq, spiced brandy & herb and Memphis pit bbq. Between the rubs, marinades and seasonings you should have a well seasoned summer.

I’m always looking for new and exciting bbq sauce. Like most people, I get one that I like and I continue to use it until it just loses all of its pizazz, then I’m on the lookout for something new. I’ve made homemade bbq sauce before, in fact several, but this one is by far the easiest bbq recipe I’ve ever made. I used the molasses and bacon seasoning and combined it with 4 very common ingredients found in pretty much everyone’s kitchen to create a super simple barbecue sauce recipe. It’s ready in just a couple of minutes, but it tastes best if you make it up a few hours before you need it and let all those flavors mix and mingle together. Then you get the full flavors of the ingredients and the molasses and bacon really shine through.

homemade bbq sauce on grilled chickenI slathered this sauce on to about 10 pounds of chicken legs that I got on sale and we’ve been devouring them for days and love the sauce. It’s got just the right amount of tang with a sweet smokiness from the molasses and bacon. The black pepper in the mix gives it just a little kick of heat, but you could toss in a little chipotle if you like a little more fire.

So now you’re probably wondering how you can get your hands on this nice grilling prize package. I’ve got a couple of ways for you to enter. You get one entry for leaving me a comment (below) telling me why you like to grill. You can get a second entry for visiting The Grillerhood Facebook page and liking their page. When you do that, just come back here and leave me another comment telling me that you did that. Really…it’s that simple. I’ll be picking the winner of this great package on July 18, 2012. Once I notify you, that you are the winner, you will have 72 hours to respond to me with the information I need to get it sent out to you.

Now get out there and start grilling!!!!

In case you couldn’t tell…this post has been sponsored by McCormick GrillMates, but the opinions expressed here are mine…allllll mine.


Recipe: Super Simple Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Summary: Makes 3/4 Cup


  • 3/4 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons McCormick Grill Mates Molasses and Bacon Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar (light or dark)
  • 1 Tablespoon Orange Juice
  • 2 Teaspoons Cider Vinegar


  1. In a medium size bowl, add all ingredients.
  2. Stir well to thoroughly combine.
  3. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours (overnight is best).
  4. Brush on to chicken, pork or beef near the end of the grilling time (if you do it too early on, the sugars in the sauce will burn).


You could add a dash of chipotle powder or adobo sauce from canned chipotle’s if you want more heat in your bbq sauce.

Preparation time: 7 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)


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Margaret Henry April 17, 2018 at 10:21 am

Just got back from liking the grillerhood FB page. Love that apron!

Margaret Henry April 17, 2018 at 8:51 am

I love to grill because it gets my husband involved in the cooking process and I love the flavor of bbq food. He needs that awesome apron

Paul E June 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm

My wife bought me a smoker at BassPro a few years ago its pretty easy. It comes from the smoky mtn series. I hook it up to a propane tank add my soaked wood chips and away we go! The best thing I did was adding -the tank gauge and of course finally using the smoker itself, I’m actually smoking a pork loin as I type….can’t wait

Pamela June 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Paul….will you ship some of that pork loin? If there’s any left? 😉 I’ve been doing some indoor smoking on a Rube Goldberg smoker that I put together, but would really like to get a REAL smoker. Might have to make a little trip to BassPro. Thanks for the heads up. 🙂 Enjoy the pork.

Paul E June 23, 2013 at 8:46 am

I LOVE to grill &smoke in my back yard! I like the flavor imparted and I really enjoy figuring out the best techniques and spices to put together. I’ve been sharing my special rub with family & friends -nothin but compliments!!

Pamela June 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Isn’t it amazing how the right mixture of seasonings can elevate your meats to new levels? Do you have a smoker Paul? What kind?

HomesteadJen August 1, 2012 at 9:16 am

I love grilling for the flavor, but also to keep the heat outside – where it belongs!

Carolsue July 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I liked the Grillerhood/McCormicks Facebook Page (Carolsue Anderson)
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Carolsue July 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

We grill all the time — all year round unless it’s pouring rain. Especially in the summer to beat the heat! Steaks are my favorite!
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Tracy @ Commit to Fit July 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I’m not allowed to have a BBQ in our apartment so I make sure I get in lots of grilling time at the cottage!

Eric July 15, 2012 at 5:21 am

I liked the Facebook page as well.

Eric July 15, 2012 at 5:20 am

We love to grill so much that we often grill in the dead of winter in Wisconsin. A little bit longer grilling time, but grilled burgers when snow is on the ground are twice as good.

Julie July 14, 2012 at 6:16 am

like the fb page Julie Scott Laws

Julie July 14, 2012 at 6:16 am

I love it because my husband does the grilling 🙂

Ryan July 14, 2012 at 6:12 am

I looked The Grillerhood page as well.

Ryan July 14, 2012 at 6:11 am

I love to grill because it allows me to cook outside.

Jessen July 13, 2012 at 5:37 am

Grilling was a challange to me in the past, and I avoided the grill for years. Now that I’ve thrown myself out there, and learned the in’s and out’s of grilling the perfect steak, Pork Chop or Chicken (etc.), it’s a “fun” experience!

Kevin Lombardo July 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

I liked the Grill Mates page on Facebook.

Kevin Lombardo July 12, 2012 at 9:47 am

I love to grill because I live in Colorado and just about any excuse to do anything outside is always welcome! Especially when it yields such delicious food.

amy marantino July 12, 2012 at 9:29 am

i Liked the Grillerhood Facebook page

amy marantino July 12, 2012 at 9:14 am

i like to grill becuase i get to spend extra time outdoors

Cathy July 12, 2012 at 6:17 am

I liked the Grillerhood fb page

Cathy July 12, 2012 at 6:16 am

I like to grill because it adds so much more flavor to the food.

Stephanie July 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I love to grill because it cooks faster (in my opinion) than on a stove! Plus, I love the smell of charcoal!

By the way, I totally just used your sauce for some ribs that are marinating right now. Thanks!

Juliann B July 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I’ve also liked The Grillerhood page!
Thanks for doing this contest!!!

Juliann B July 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I love to grill because it doesn’t heat up my kitchen!
Can’t wait to try out this sauce:D

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