Casa di Graffagnino's Honey BBQ Sauce

Donna Graffagnino


This honey BBQ sauce is soooo gooood, because it really has a lot of honey, and you can actually TASTE the honey. I make it in super large batches which yields about fourteen 16-oz bottles, but here I've posted the recipe for about 16-18 oz quantity. Out of all of my BBQ sauce recipes (there are six), this one is the most popular.

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10 Min


2 Hr


Stove Top


1 c
ketchup (i use heinz)
3/4 c
2 Tbsp
plus 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1/3 c
beer (regular, light or non-alcohol) do not omit!
1 Tbsp
low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp
red wine vinegar
1 1/3 tsp
granulated onion
1 tsp
yellow mustard (liquid)
1 tsp
paprika (spanish)
1/2 tsp
fresh minced garlic or 1/4 tsp dried
1/2 tsp
dried bell pepper, crushed
3/4 tsp
msg (optional)
1/8 tsp
crushed red chili flakes

Directions Step-By-Step

Add all ingredients to a saucepan EXCEPT for honey; simmer on medium low heat, stirring occasionally until it begins to bubble.
Lower heat to lowest setting and simmer at least 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. Stir very often so that ketchup doesn't scorch or stick. Add honey and bring it back to a simmer, keep setting on low, while stirring often. The longer it cooks the thicker it gets, but it also requires a lot more stirring.
Pour into a hot mason jar and cap tightly. It's done! There's no need to refrigerate this after it's opened, but you can if you prefer.
*OPTION: Start this on the stove then transfer it to a slow cooker that has a slow cooker liner. Turn it on high and let it cook until it reaches the thickness and consistency you like. You'll need to multiply the recipe unless you have a small appetizer crock pot.
I make a huge batch of 14-16 (16oz) bottles every time I make this because I can't keep it stocked for long.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy