Spicy Honey BBQ Sauce

Delicious on chicken or ribs…

The mix of sweet and heat of this spicy honey BBQ sauce hits the spot. It’s perfect as a marinade for ribs or chicken when barbecuing. But don’t overlook the potential of this recipe as a dipping sauce. It’s total yum with chicken fingers. We also love it as a delicious bacon glaze to add some spice to breakfast time.

If you prefer this spicy honey BBQ sauce a little less sweet, lessen the amount of honey used instead of lessening the brown sugar. The brown sugar provides a bit of earthy depth to the sweetness. And, of course, if too spicy is a thing in your book…get a new book. Just kidding. Lessen the spice by reducing or removing the cayenne pepper from the recipe and opt for only chili powder. You could also opt for paprika instead of cayenne pepper as paprika is typically much milder.

If you love the sweet-heat barbecue pairing of spicy honey BBQ sauce, we have many other delicious honey-based hot sauces and marinades for you to try. To start, take a look at our jalapeƱo honey sauce or this honey sriracha glaze. And don’t forget to review our entire spicy recipe index featuring hundreds of fiery recipes, including 100+ marinades and sauces.

Spicy Honey BBQ Sauce

Spicy Honey BBQ Sauce

4.54 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 70 kcal


  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow the BBQ sauce to cool for an additional 5 minutes prior to using.


Less sweet: Lessen the amount of honey used in 1/4 cup increments
Less spicy: Reduce (or remove) the cayenne pepper from the recipe


Calories: 70kcalCarbohydrates: 14gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 106mgPotassium: 26mgSugar: 13gVitamin A: 125IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.1mg
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on March 19, 2022 to include new content.
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Amazing recipe, best bbq sauce recipe in the world!!!!