10 BBQ Basics You Can Make At Home

10 BBQ Basics You Can Make At Home

Barbecue season is in full swing and I am loving it! 

I love barbecuing, and having outdoor parties (check out my favorite decorations for outdoor parties here) but I’m not a huge fan of some of the ingredients that are in some of my favorite barbecue basics. I’m talking things like ketchup, pickles, hamburger buns etc. That’s why I prefer to make a lot of the basics at home, so that I know exactly what ingredients are going to be in my food.

And most barbecue basics are so simple and easy to make at home and they taste SOO much better because they’re homemade! Keep in mind that I’m not suggesting you make all of these items every single time you have a barbecue because that would be a TON of work! I suggest that you start out making one item on this list and then go from there! You’ll be surprised how big of a difference that can make!

So here are 10 barbecue basics that you can make at home!

Barbecue Sauce

I LOVE barbecue sauce! It’s one of the most important things at any barbecue in my opinion. And it is so easy to make! Here are my favorite southern barbecue sauce recipes that you can make yourself!

My favorite simple barbecue sauces recipe is to simply combine ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar (or honey). All you need is 1 1/2 cups of ketchup and then you mix in 1/3 cup of mustard, and 1/4 cup of brown sugar (or honey, you can check out my honey conversion chart here). You can add more or less mustard depending on what your family likes. I really like mustard so I add a 1/3 a cup, but if you aren’t a mustard fan use 1/4 cup instead.


While I’m not a huge pickle fan, my family is, so we always have to have pickles at every barbecue. And my family loves homemade pickles! I personally love this recipe for refrigerator dill pickles because it’s quick and easy to make! My family also likes other vegetables besides cucumbers pickled so check out my collection of more than 100 pickle recipes you can make practically for free.

100+ Crazy Delicious Pickle Recipes You Can Make Practically For Free

Hamburger Buns

I’m a huge fan of homemade bread and nothing makes a burger taste better than a delicious homemade bun! This recipe is great because even though it takes a little bit of time to make, you can make several batches and freeze them! Homemade hamburger buns taste great and I try and make them for every barbecue!


Ketchup is a staple for any barbecue and I LOVE this recipe for homemade ketchup. Making ketchup is a great way to use up extra tomatoes from your garden because my tomato plants produce like crazy in August and we have tomatoes coming out of our ears! If you want to learn more about gardening in your backyard you can check out my book about how to grow an organic garden!

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RECIPE 🍅 Homemade sugar-free ketchup: Did you know one tablespoon of ketchup con­tains about a teaspoon of sugar? Here’s our fix. INGREDIENTS (makes 1 cup): 2 tsp canola oil 3 yellow onions, thinly sliced 1/4 cup water 2 roasted red peppers, rinsed, chopped and patted dry 156-mL can tomato paste 1 1/2 tsp cider vinegar 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1/8 tsp salt fresh pepper INSTRUCTIONS: 1. HEAT canola oil in a medium saucepan over medium. Add onions and cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until very soft and browned, 20 min. Add water, scraping brown bits from the bottom of the pan, and stir until no liquid remains, 1 to 2 min. Stir in roasted red peppers and tomato paste until warmed through, 2 to 3 min. Remove from heat, then add cider vinegar, Dijon mustard and salt. Season with fresh pepper. 2. SCRAPE into a blender and whirl until smooth. Let cool to room temperature and refrigerate in an airtight container up to a week. KITCHEN TIP: Press ketchup through a fine-mesh sieve for an extra-smooth texture. #ketchup #recipes #recipe #sugarfree #sugarfreelife #diy #homemade #homemadeketchup

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Ok hear me out. I know making cheese seems scary, but I’ve been making it for years and I LOVE my homemade, natural, and sustainable cheese. Making cheese is actually much simpler than you would think it is! I preserve a lot of the milk from our goat as cheese, like chevre. You can check out my step by step guide to making chevre here and my recipe for  mozzarella here. I recommend that you check out this book here to learn more about trying to make your own cheese. And here’s the list of inexpensive tools that I use to make cheese. Give natural cheese making a try at your next barbecue! And if you’re looking for an awesome homemade chevre recipe for your barbecue check out my favorite chevre cheese and grilled zucchini sandwich! It’s SOOO good and it’s an awesome recipe for any barbecue.

Mozzarella Recipe You Can Make In 30 Minutes

Hot Dogs

Now this is something I had never thought of making myself before, but now I’m so excited to make my own hot dogs! It’s actually simpler than it seems and I love that when you make your own hot dogs you get to control exactly what is in your hot dog! Check out this amazing homemade hot dog recipe here that you can make in just an hour!

Hot Dog Buns

And if you’re going to make your own hot dogs you can make your own hot dog buns too! Check out this awesome recipe here!


So this is a something I had never even thought of making myself, but now I’m dying to try this recipe for homemade mustard! I love that this recipe helps you to learn more about using mustard seeds to make your own mustard and which types of seeds will produce the flavor that you want! I’m so excited to try this quick and easy recipe at my next barbecue!

Pasta Salad

I don’t know about y’all, but pasta salad is definitely a staple item at every barbecue around here. I used to buy the boxed kind, but then I realized that pasta salad is so simple and easy to make at home! I love making my own pasta salad because I can add in extra yummy vegetables from my garden and add extra flavoring! Check out one of my favorite recipes here!

Grow Your Own Fruits and Veggies

Let’s be honest, the best part about a barbecue are the yummy fruits and veggies. And nothing tastes better than home grown fruits and vegetables! Plant some tomatoes, cucumbers, or watermelon in your garden this year for your summer barbecues. If you don’t have space or time for a garden, check out your local farmers market and buy some local fruits and vegetables!

Looking for some help with grilling? Check out my favorite grilling hacks that will make you next barbecue so much easier! Also check out my guide on how to grill lamb chops perfectly every single time!

What items do you make for your barbecue every summer? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!


100+ Crazy Delicious Pickle Recipes You Can Make Practically For Free

100+ Crazy Delicious Pickle Recipes You Can Make Practically For Free

When your garden is in full swing, and you’re harvesting more than you can eat, what do you do?


Preserve your hard won vegetables of course!


Even if you shop at the farmer’s market, chances are, you won’t be able to pass up that great deal on cauliflower, radishes, and more, right?


Pickling your veggies is a way to preserve them that happens to also be crazy delicious. To help you out, here’s 101 pickle recipes for every vegetable from beats to watermelon rinds!


Pickled Beets

Quick Pickled Beets

Pickled Beets With Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey

Roasted Pickled Beets

Pickled Beets With Caraway

Pickled Beets With Dill

Paleo Pickled Beets

Pickled Beets with Cloves and Cumin

Pickled Beets with Red Wine

Pickled Beets & Fennel

Brussels Sprouts

Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Traditional Quick Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Refrigerator Brussels Sprouts Pickles

Hot Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Brine Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Zesty Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Pickled Sweet Brussels Sprouts



Pickled Dilly Carrots

Quick Pickled Carrots

Vinegar Pickled Carrots

Mexican Pickled Carrots

Vietnamese Pickled Carrots

Moroccan Style Pickled Carrots

Vietnamese Daikon Pickled Carrots

Spicy Garlic Carrot Pickles

Lacto Fermented Carrots

Canning Pickled Carrots

Mint Pickled Carrots

Pickled Carrots & Radishes

Ginger Pickled Carrots

Black Pepper & Cumin Pickled Carrots

Pickled Carrots With Garlic & Cumin

Five Spice Pickled Carrots

Spicy Pickled Carrots With Honey

Pickled Carrots With Dill & Serrano

Lemony Pickled Carrots



Pickled cauliflower

Curry Pickled Cauliflower

Lemony Pickled Cauliflower

Spicy Quick Pickled Cauliflower

Pickled Cauliflower With Hot Pepper & Cumin

Turmeric Ginger Pickled Cauliflower

Quick Pickled Purple Cauliflower



Quick pickled celery

Spicy pickled celery

Brine pickled celery

Super spicy pickled celery



Chipotle Pickled Eggs


Green Beans

Pickled Green Beans

Homemade Pickled Green Beans & Carrots

Spicy Pickled Green Beans

Hot & Quick Pickled Green Beans

Overnight Pickled Green Beans

Spicy Pickled Dilly Beans

Sweet Pickled Green Beans

Lemon Rosemary Pickled Green Beans

Dill & Garlic Green Bean Pickles

Bloody Mary Pickled Green Beans

Spicy Cajun Pickled Green Beans & Carrots

Garlic Pickled Dilly Beans

Tarragon Pickled Green Beans



Pickled Jalapenos



Quick Pickled Onions

Yucatan Style Quick Pickled Onions

Old Fashioned Pickled Onions

Instant Pickled Onions

Lacto Fermented Onions

Citrus Pickled Onions

Traditional British Pub Style Pickled Onions

Italian Roasted Pickled Onions

Balsamic Vinegar Pickled Onions

Asian-Style Pickled Onions

Grandma’s Pickled Onions

Wine Pickled Onions

English Pickled Onions

10 Minute Red Pickled Onions

Pickled Onions With Lime Juice



Sugar Snap Pea Pickles



Sweet Pickled Peppers

Sweet Pickled Banana Peppers

Whole Pickled Snacking Peppers

Pickled Garlicky Red Peppers

Sweet & Spicy Pickled Peppers

Mildly Spicy Pickled Peppers

Jamaican Hot Pickled Peppers

Char Roasted Pickled Peppers

Pa’s Pickled Pepper Recipe

Hot Pickled Pepper Relish



Spicy Quick Pickled Radishes

Fermented Pickled Radishes

Bread & Butter Pickled Radishes

Pickled Korean Radishes

Sugar Free Pickled Radishes



Mexican Pickled Tomatillos



Russian Pickled Watermelon Rinds

Pickled Watermelons

Pickled Watermelon Rind with Jalapenos and Ginger

Pickled Watermelon Radishes

Quick Pickled Watermelon

Vinegar Pickled Watermelon Rind


I’d like to hear from you!

What’s your favorite pickle recipe? Leave a comment below!