Five-Ingredient Barbecue Sauce

five-ingredient barbecue sauce on chopped barbecue-chicken sandwich
Photo: Con Poulos
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
1 cup

Make this your go-to barbecue sauce when you're in a time crunch. With just five ingredients and needing only fifteen minutes to cook, it's a clear winner in the race to a quick chicken dinner.


  • ¾ cup ketchup

  • ¼ cup apple-cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika (pimentón)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 week.

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