Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce

A little bit sweet, a little bit tangy, and a whole lot delicious, jazz up your grilled meats and veggies with this amazing Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce. Making barbecue sauce from scratch is so super easy, and it’s so much better than store-bought!

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You don’t have to spend long in the kitchen to make a killer BBQ sauce, and this Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce is one of our favorites! I love how it’s got the perfect blend of sweet and savory, and the honey in it caramelizes when cooking creating a delicious glaze.

And, with just a handful of ingredients, you probably have everything you need to make this amazing barbecue sauce! Slather it on meats, seafood, veggies, and anything that goes onto the grill!

People tend to get really passionate about BBQ sauce and can be loyal to their preferred brands. But this homemade BBQ sauce recipe is good, different, easy, and inexpensive - give it a try the next time you’re firing up the grill! Add this traditional BBQ Sauce Recipe and have a duo of sauces!

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How To Make Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce

This is a super-simple recipe. You basically add all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk it until it is combined! A quick simmer on the stove to thicken it up (if desired) and you're good to go. It’s that easy! See below for a detailed ingredients list and instructions.

What Is Horseradish Mustard?

Horseradish mustard is a unique condiment made from blending spicy horseradish and mustard and tempering it with a bit of sugar. It’s sweet, spicy, and delightful, and it also adds the perfect amount of kick to this homemade barbeque sauce recipe.

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Is This Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce Recipe Spicy?

It's not a mild BBQ sauce, but it's also not super spicy. I'd say it has medium heat. If you like it sweeter, cut down on the horseradish mustard, and if you like it spicier, see my suggestions below!


The beauty of this easy BBQ sauce is its simplicity, but you can jazz it up in various ways.
  • Use Dijon or grainy mustard instead of yellow mustard.
  • Switch out the vinegar - try it with Champagne or balsamic vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar. 
  • Make it a vegan barbecue sauce and use maple or agave syrup instead of honey. 
  • Add some spice! A pinch of cayenne, red pepper flakes, or chipotle powder will add some kick.

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How to Serve

Use this no-cook BBQ sauce as a finishing sauce on all your favorite meats. It is so good on chicken and pork (it's amazing on ribs and pulled pork), but it’s also tasty on beef, fish, and shrimp. I also love it on grilled vegetables.

Just grill your meat/veggies/seafood as normal and brush on a layer of this sauce near the end of the cooking time. Flip it over and let it cook a few minutes while you glaze the other side of the meat/veg, then flip it over for a final minute.

Serve more sauce at the table for dipping - it’s that good! I also think it's a great idea to have a variety of sauces so folks have options! This Vinegar Based BBQ Sauce is a great choice for your second option. Serve your BBQ with a variety of sides like this Vinegar Coleslaw Recipe, Cowboy Beans, and Mom's Traditional Potoato Salad.

How To Keep BBQ Sauce From Burning

Any BBQ sauce with a sweet element, like honey, molasses, or brown sugar, can burn. But, careful grilling will result in a delicious caramelized glaze! Here are my tips for making the best grilled eats with this mustard and honey BBQ sauce.
  • Keep the flareups down - after you’ve brushed on the sauce, move the meat/veg/seafood to a cooler spot on the BBQ where the heat can gently caramelize the sauce. Flareups can cause your sauce to burn. 
  • Put it on evenly - try to brush the sauce on in an even and not too thick layer. You can always add another coat after the first has glazed. 
  • Add the sauce at the end - sauce your meats during the last few minutes of the cooking time.

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What To Do With Leftover BBQ Sauce

This sauce makes about 1 1/2 cups, so you may have some leftover BBQ honey mustard sauce. There’s plenty you can do with leftover BBQ sauce. Here are some of my favorites:
  • It’s a great dipping sauce for nuggets or chicken strips. 
  • Mix it with a bit of mayo to make an awesome dressing for salads
  • Use it as a honey mustard sauce on your favorite sandwich
  • It’s a great burger sauce. 
  • Dip your French fries into it! 
  • And so much more!

How To Store BBQ Sauce

Store this barbecue sauce in the fridge for up to two weeks. Serve cold right out of the fridge or warm it up.

Honey mustard barbecue sauce in a small mason jar.

More Yummy BBQ Recipes

Looking for more awesome recipes that are barbecue perfect? Check out these popular recipes from the archives:

If you try this recipe, I'd love to know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy!

Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 5 MINUTES
Cook Time: 10 MINUTES
Total Time: 15 MINUTES
A little bit sweet, a little bit tangy, and a whole lot delicious, jazz up your grilled meats and veggies with this amazing Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce.


1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup yellow mustard
1/4 cup horseradish mustard
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar


1. Place all ingredients into a medium-size saucepan and whisk to combine.

2. Bring the sauce to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes, whisking occasionally, until the sauce has slightly thickened.


Author: Becky Tarala

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1 comment

  1. Simple yet a tangy alternative unmatched by anything on the store shelf. Thank you.