The Best Instant Pot Barbecue Sauce

Last Updated on February 14, 2021

If you’re on the hunt for the best Instant Pot Barbecue Sauce, your searching troubles are over! This recipe will have your taste buds happy and your meat covered in goodness.

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Barbecue sauce is one of those delicious sauces that add so much flavor and zest to a variety of meats. Whether you are making some pulled pork, barbecuing some chicken, or adding it to your family’s favorite meatloaf recipe, it surely will not disappoint. Especially if it homemade, like this one.

The BEST Instant Pot BBQ Sauce

For those of you who know me, I simply LOVE Pressure Cooker recipes. They are easy, full of flavor, quick, and quite frankly never seem to disappoint! I have made so many different recipes with various meats, desserts, side dishes, and so much more. The best thing about this BBQ sauce is that – you can guess it – I get to use my Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker! SCORE!

At any given point in time, I’ll be cooking chicken, beefporkdesserts, you name it. I honestly feel like there’s nothing that my Pressure Cooker can’t conquer. 

I learned from my husband that everyone’s taste buds are different when it comes to bbq sauce. He often makes his own and criticizes the sauce bought from the shelf. I’ve won him over with this sauce.

The sweetness from adding honey and the kick from the cayenne pepper satisfied his stringent taste buds. Plus, it’s just a great feeling knowing what’s in it since you get to make it yourself in your Instant Pot. 


One of my biggest pet peeves, when I go to the store, is that most items on the shelf are chocked full of words I can’t pronounce. But when I make my own Instant Pot BBQ sauce, I can pronounce everything in it. 

What I love most about this Instant Pot Barbecue Sauce is that it literally tastes amazing on EVERYTHING. I’m talking finger-linking good. You can use it to cover your hot wings or have it as a side to dip in your chicken bites. Did I mention this sauce is versatile?

What if I don’t like BBQ sauce spicy?

No worries! You can simply redact the cayenne pepper from the recipe and keep it nice and sweet! However, if you prefer more spice, do not be afraid to kick it up a notch and add in some extra spices of your choosing. Remember, that is the fun part of making your very own BBQ sauce!


Do I have to use honey in Instant Pot BBQ Sauce?

Most definitely not! While using natural honey is healthier for you and it creates that perfect BBQ consistency, I am sure you could use sugar and it would still be tasty. Just keep in mind it could very well change the overall texture of the sauce.

I don’t like store-bought tomato sauce, what should I do?

Oooh, I love this question – make your own! Whether you use your own homegrown tomatoes or some from your all-time favorite grocery store, you’ll be able to follow a tomato sauce recipe of your choosing to recreate.

Does Instant Pot Barbecue Sauce Use Salted or Unsalted Butter?

In order to create this same exact recipe, I would suggest sticking with the unsalted butter because some other ingredients will help to add just the right amount of saltiness. This way,  BBQ sauce is complete if you feel as if it is missing the salty component, you can always add it in at the end to taste! Much better to have to add a dash of salt at the end, then have it be too salty. After all, you can’t exactly remove salt from a recipe once it has been added.


How long does Homemade BBQ sauce last in the refrigerator?

This delicious homemade BBQ sauce lasts for about 7 days to 10 days. Now you may be asking yourself why store-bought barbecue sauce can last upwards of 6 months. The answer is simple – the store-bought BBQ sauce is pasteurized while homemade BBQ sauce is not.

How do you make BBQ Sauce from scratch?

Well, now comes the fun part! Let’s dig into the recipe.

Ingredients you need to make Instant Pot BBQ Sauce:


Directions to make Instant Pot BBQ Sauce:

It’s so easy to make your own BBQ sauce in the Instant Pot!

instant pot bbq sauce


Whisk together all ingredients.


Pour whisked sauce into pint jars, without lids. Place them on a trivet inside your Instant Pot.


Pressure cook for 10 minutes. Naturally, release.


Remove the jars and let cool. 

Can I freeze BBQ Sauce?

Would you like the quick answer to this? Then yes, you can freeze the delicious barbecue sauce that you just made! I find that it works best to portion out the sauce and place it in freezer-safe bags making sure that as much of the air is out as possible. Then when you are ready to use it, simply pull it out and place it in the refrigerator to unthaw. If you are in a hurry, place it in the microwave! Just remember, as with most things that you freeze, the quality of the barbecue sauce won’t be quite as good as when you first made it but should still taste good as a part of a recipe!


And, there you have it- homemade BBQ Sauce. I hope you enjoy it!

Don’t forget to print out the recipe for later!

The Best Instant Pot Barbecue Sauce

The Best Instant Pot Barbecue Sauce

Look at the back of the ingredients list on your favorite brand of condiments. Honestly some of the words listed can't even be pronounced. So why not just make your own, such as the best instant pot barbecue sauce? It is delicious and easy to make in your instant pot!


  • 4 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper (2 tbsp if you like it extra spicy)
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp celery salt
  • 4 tbsp butter (melted)


1) In a large bowl whisk together all your ingredients, be sure to melt the butter in the microwave before adding it to the BBQ sauce.

2) Next pour the sauce into 4 pint sized canning jars. The wide mouth jars work the best. Do not add the lids.

3) Add 2 cups water the bottom of the Instant Pot insert and place the trivet at the bottom. Carefully place the jar of BBQ sauce on the trivet.

4) Close the lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Cook the sauce on high pressure using the manual setting for 10 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.

5) Carefully remove the jars of sauce from the Instant Pot using a pot lifter, can lifter, kitchen towel, etc. Let the jars cool to room temperature on the counter before adding the lid. Store the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


This recipe can be easily cut in half if you don't use a lot of BBQ sauce for grilling or over the summer.

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