Homemade Slow Cooker Barbecue Sauce

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Homemade Slow Cooker Barbecue Sauce is a sweet and spicy homemade tangy bbq sauce.

Homemade Slow Cooker BBQ Sauce

I’m just going to go on and say it…if you’re not putting this on everything you eat, you are just not living!

Like, seriously! My Homemade Slow Cooker Barbecue Sauce is that good! Lincoln and I made a big batch of the BBQ Sauce for holiday gifts. It’s so easy just throw everything in the slow cooker and let time and the slow cooker do all the work.

Do you barbecue? Do you bbq just during the Summer or all year? We barbecue, grill, smoke, whatever term you use for it, all year. It’s one of the activities all four of us get involved in. A lot of our friends grill all year as well. I had a ‘light bulb’ moment and thought about making this Slow Cooker Barbecue Sauce as gifts. It was kind of a win-win for me. I got to spend time with Lincoln and we made homemade gifts for friends!

So. If you decide to make the BBQ Sauce and decide you like it so much you can’t give it away, that’s totally find too! Enjoy and consider it my gift to you! 🙂

Homemade Slow Cooker Barbecue Sauce

The longer you let it simmer the thicker the sauce will get. I like a thick bbq sauce.

Slow Cooker barbeque sauce

Homemade Slow Cooker Barbeque Sauce

*Apple cider or apple cider vinegar can be used in this recipe. I have used both and can't tell much of a difference. Most of the time I use apple cider vinegar, though, because I always have it in the pantry.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cups


  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider*
  • 1/2 cup catsup
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon Cavenders Greek seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Stir to combine. Heat to 200 degrees F. Cook 4 hours. If sauce isn't desired consistancy remove lid and cook 1 to 2 hours longer. Stir occastional with a whisk. Bottle and store in the refrigerator.
  • *For a completely smooth sauce, puree in a blender until smooth. I have left it chunky and I have pureed. It's good both ways. When I pureed the sauce, I did so before cooking it.


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Calories: 576kcal | Carbohydrates: 131g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1223mg | Potassium: 662mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 122g | Vitamin A: 1095IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg
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  2. 5 stars
    When you called for Apple cider does it mean Apple cider “vinegar”or the stuff you drink?

    1. Ann, I have used both, but most of the time I use vinegar. Thanks for asking, I’m going to clarify that in the recipe.

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  7. This sauce looks amazing Paula!!! The perfect texture. We grow super hot chilis in the summer and I have a regular sauce recipe I use, but I am always looking for new ways to use them up. This is DEFINITELY it. Gorgeous!!

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