Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

Tomato Garlic BBQ Sauce

Tomato Garlic BBQ Sauce made with brown sugar, tomato paste, vinegar, molasses and honey is perfect on grilled chicken or ribs.
Tomato Garlic BBQ Sauce made with brown sugar, tomato paste, vinegar, molasses and honey is perfect on grilled chicken or ribs. 

Tomato Garlic BBQ Sauce

The little one was craving pork spareribs again so I honored her request last week and made them for dinner late in the week. She actually wanted me to make them the same way as last time with the Honey Maple BBQ Sauce because she liked them so much, but then I wouldn’t have a new recipe to experiment with now would I! So, then she asked if I had any more Garlic Head BBQ Sauce (which I didn’t but will definitely be ordering some after I get back from vacation!), but figured I’d try to make my own kind that was similar.

Tomato Garlic BBQ Sauce

My version was not even close, BUT it was FANTASTIC in it’s own right. It was sticky, gooey, tomato-y and garlicky all in one. In fact, I have to make this again to give to my in-laws for a bbq they’re having with friends because my hubby was RAVING about it for days after. It has such a wonderful flavor you can use it on ribs, chicken or even top your hamburger with it. ~Enjoy!

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Tomato Garlic BBQ Sauce
Tomato Garlic BBQ Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Tomato Garlic BBQ Sauce made with brown sugar, tomato paste, vinegar, molasses and honey is perfect on grilled chicken or ribs. 

Course: Condiments
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
  • 1/2 c. Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 c. Water
  • 6 oz Tomato Paste (I used Hunts)
  • 1 tsp. Distilled White Vinegar
  • 1/2 c. Honey
  • 1/3 c. Molasses
  • 1 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan and whisk together. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. 

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  1. Natalie Atick
    June 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Oh WOW this recipe looks awesome and perfect timing for Father’s Day BBQing!

  2. Foodie Stuntman
    June 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Barbecue sauce is intensly personal and I have my own for ribs (a favorite of mine too). Looks easy enough but how did you cook the ribs?

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      June 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      I simmered them for about 1 1/2 hours first, then basted them with the sauce and baked them for about 1/2 hour. You can grill them too but it was pouring the day I made them.

  3. Inspired by eRecipeCards
    June 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Making your own BBQ sauce is so rewarding. And HUGE bragging rites over the grill!


  4. Lauren @ Part Time House Wife
    June 14, 2012 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    I just saw this on tasteologie! OMG…. this sounds amazing. I’m obsessive with condiments and have yet to make a single one which to me is nutzo! Totally trying this tonight!

  5. MyFudo™
    June 16, 2012 at 4:04 am - Reply

    Perfect! Tis the season of grills and BBQ’s. Love to try this wonderful sauce.

  6. Lisa @ Lisa's Dinnertime Dish
    June 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    This sounds like a great sauce, Carrie! I bet it would make some really tasty barbecue chicken, too! Thanks for sharing at Thursday’s Treasures! 🙂

  7. Joan@chocolateandmore
    June 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Carrie, can’t wait to make this and smear it on our burgers this weekend! Thanks for sharing. Have a great vacation!

  8. Debi....Recipes For My Boys
    June 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Okay…trying again. The last one went away into the blogospere! lol This looks great, Sweetie! I cannot wait to try it. Hope you are enjoying yourself. Thank you for sharing on Thursday’s Treasures Week 39. <3 and hugs!

  9. Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
    June 25, 2012 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Thank you Lisa, Joan and Debi!

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