Some easy barbecue sauce recipes include Neely's barbecue sauce from Food Network and the bourbon and brown sugar barbecue sauce from Epicurious. Easy recipes for barbecue sauce typically involve cooking ingredients such as ketchup, vinegar, sugar and seasonings in a saucepan until they form a rich, sticky sauce.
Make Neely's barbecue sauce by placing 2 cups of ketchup, 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and 5 tablespoons each of white sugar and light brown sugar in a saucepan. Stir in 1 tablespoon each of lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce, as well as 1/2 tablespoon each of black pepper, onion powder and ground mustard. Boil the mixture briefly before turning down the heat and allowing the mixture to simmer, uncovered, for 75 minutes. Stir the mixture often during the cooking process.
Make bourbon and brown sugar barbecue sauce by combining 1 cup of ketchup, 1/2 cup of bourbon and 3 tablespoons each of brown sugar, light molasses and apple cider vinegar in a saucepan. Stir in 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon each of soy sauce and Dijon mustard and 1/2 tablespoon of liquid smoke. Season with 1 teaspoon each of onion powder and garlic powder, as well as 1/2 teaspoon each of red pepper flakes and freshly ground black pepper. Bring the mixture to boil, and then lower the heat. Allow the mixture to simmer and reduce for approximately 10 minutes or until it forms 2 cups of sauce, stirring frequently during this process.