Love Sauce? You’ve Gotta Try This Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce

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I love a good bbq sauce, and this sweet and spicy bbq sauce recipe is one of my absolute favorites.

There are so many great bbq sauces that are available for purchase, but there’s something about making your own that makes the sauce taste that much better.

This bbq sauce has the perfect amount of sweet and spice, and is a fantastic addition to any chicken, pork, and beef. Just make sure you eat some of the meat without the dip first to make sure the cook isn’t offended…

This sweet and spicy bbq sauce recipe is easy to make and uses common ingredients. The spicy honey adds a unique twist that will have your taste buds craving more.

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Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce Ingredients

To make this you’ll need just a few ingredients. For the full ingredient list with measurements scroll down to the bottom of this post.

  • Ketchup
  • Honey (sub Mike’s Hot Honey Extra Hot to kick up the flavor)
  • Molasses
  • Brown Sugar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • Cayenne

To make the sweet and spicy bbq sauce we just combine all of the ingredients in a pan, stir together, and then simmer over medium heat for 20-30 minutes. Stir every few minutes to keep the dip from sticking to the pan while cooking down.

I’ve made this recipe quite a few times now, and I’ve found that the flavor is even better if you use Mike’s Hot Honey Extra Hot and eliminate the Cayenne Pepper.

You can store the sauce in one of these squeeze bottles, and it will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks, but if it lasts that long I’d be surprised. I know I’m devouring the whole bottle in less than a week most of the time. This stuff is good on everything!

If you’re looking for another good dip, check out my blueberry bbq dip recipe.

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shredded beef with sweet and spicy bbq sauce
Yield: 10 ounces

Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes 20 seconds
Total Time: 35 minutes 20 seconds

With a little bit of sweet and a little bit of heat, this sauce has it all. I love a good bbq sauce, and this sweet and spicy bbq sauce is my absolute favorite. It's great for chicken, pork, and beef, or drizzled on a pizza. You're gonna want to save this recipe...


  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey (sub Mike's Hot Honey Extra Hot)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (if using Mike's Hot Honey don't add cayenne)


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer over medium heat for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Let the sauce cool to room temp and then pour into a mason jar or bottles and store in the refrigerator.
  3. This sauce is best served after chilling in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours.


I like the taste of this sauce better when I use Mike's Hot Honey Extra Hot instead of cayenne pepper, but give both versions a try!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Tbsp

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 340mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 0gSugar: 30gProtein: 0g

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