Make This Easy, Traditional Barbecue Sauce for Summer

Handsome Devil BBQ in Newburgh offers up a barbecue sauce recipe that's easy to prepare and so much better than the store-bought stuff.

Recipe by Handsome Devil BBQ, Newburgh & Poughkeepsie

It’s summer, which means that barbecue is on the menu pretty much every weekend until further notice. Maybe you have a neighborhood potluck coming up, or perhaps you’re the usual host of some fun poolside gatherings. Either way, your grill is sure to stay hot all summer long. When it comes to pulled pork sandwiches and baby back ribs, why bother with the store-bought stuff when you can whip up your own barbecue sauce at home? This recipe from Handsome Devil BBQ is easy to prepare and so flavorful you’ll want to slather it on everything, from meat to sandwich buns to vegetables.

Born in the Hudson Valley in 2012, Handsome Devil BBQ has since been smoking award-winning barbecue in Newburgh and Poughkeepsie. “I believe in barbecue as comfort food and health food, as a cuisine of both solace and celebration. When I’m feeling good, I want barbecue. And when I’m feeling bad, I just want barbecue more,” says owner, pitmaster, and creative force behind the Hudson Valley brand, Ed Randolph. His philosophy is felt in everything on the menu at Handsome Devil BBQ, and especially in the barbecue sauce.

Traditional Barbecue Sauce

Course: SauceCuisine: Barbecue


Prep time



A quick and easy barbecue sauce that’s simple to make but doesn’t skimp on flavor.


  • 2 cups ketchup

  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • ⅛  cup yellow mustard

  • ¼ cup honey


  • Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use. Works best with steak, ribs, pork shoulder, and beef brisket.


  • Store in refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Once you’ve tried the sauce for yourself at home, you might want to stop by Handsome Devil BBQ’s locations in Newburgh or Poughkeepsie for outstanding meat, and don’t forget about the sides. “I believe that good barbecue needs sides the way good blues need rhythm, and that there is only one rule: Serve whatever you like, but whatever you serve, make it fresh,” says Randolph. From being a featured vendor at at the World BBQ Championships in Memphis to catering for Warner Bros movie premieres, there’s a reason why the Handsome Devil always comes out on top.

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