This homemade BBQ sauce recipe is easy to make, in just 25 minutes! It’s deep and smoky, tangy, sweet with a little bit of heat. Vegan, gluten-free adaptable! 

This homemade BBQ sauce recipe is  easy to make, in just 25 minutes! It's deep and smoky, tangy, sweet with a little bit of heat. Vegan, gluten-free adaptable! 

There is nothing better than Homemade BBQ Sauce- deep, smoky, tangy, and subtly sweet with a little bit of heat. Perfect on well basically anything in my opinion!

Make a batch of it and store it in the fridge for up to a couple of months. It feels really good to know there is no high fructose corn syrup or other strange ingredeints on the label.

Ingredients in Homemade BBQ Sauce

This homemade BBQ sauce recipe is  easy to make, in just 25 minutes! It's deep and smoky, tangy, sweet with a little bit of heat. Vegan, gluten-free adaptable! 

How to make BBQ Sauce from Scratch

  1. Saute shallots in olive oil.
  2. Stir in thyme, smoked paprika, garlic powder, tomato sauce, liquid smoke, vinegar, soy sauce, molasses, brown sugar salt and pepper
  3. Reduce: Simmer gently, uncovered,  for 10-ish  minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.
  4. Taste: Adjust salt, vinegar and sweetness to your liking. To add heat, use the adobo sauce from  canned chipotle peppers one tablespoon at a time, or add ground chipotle or cayenne to taste.
  5. Store: in a sealed jar in the fridge, for up to 2 months!

This homemade BBQ sauce recipe is  easy to make, in just 25 minutes! It's deep and smoky, tangy, sweet with a little bit of heat. Vegan, gluten-free adaptable! 

Ways to use Homemade BBQ Sauce!

Enjoy the BBQ Sauce and please let us know what you think of it!

xoxo

Sylvia

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This homemade BBQ sauce recipe is  easy to make, in just 25 minutes! It's deep and smoky, tangy, sweet with a little bit of heat. Vegan, gluten-free adaptable! 

Homemade BBQ Sauce


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This homemade BBQ sauce recipe is  easy to make, in just 25 minutes! It’s deep and smoky, tangy, sweet with a little bit of heat. Vegan, gluten-free adaptable!


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a medium sauce pan or pot. Add shallots and sauté, and stir continuously for 3-4 minutes. Turn heat down to medium-low, and cook until they are deeply golden, fragrant and soften, 5-6 more minutes.
  2.  Add thyme, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and saute one minute. Add tomato sauce, liquid smoke, vinegar, soy sauce, molasses and brown sugar.
  3.  Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Simmer gently, uncovered,  for 10-ish  minutes, letting it reduce, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.
  5. Taste. Adjust salt, vinegar and sweetness to your liking. If it lacks depth try adding a bouillon cube (break it up first), or even a little miso paste.
  6. To add heat, use the adobo sauce from  canned chipotle peppers one tablespoon at a time, or add ground chipotle or cayenne to taste.
  7. Store in a sealed jar in the fridge. Keeps up to 2 months and miake a great hostess gift.

Notes

Molasses really adds beautiful deep color here.

If using 6-ounce can  of tomato paste, add 1 cup water.

If using ketchup, reduce brown sugar, salt and vinegar by half, then add more back in to taste at the end.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 59
  • Sugar: 10.8 g
  • Sodium: 295.6 mg
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.1 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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    1. Hi kelly, you may have subscribed to the comments? Just unsubscribe when you get this one. 😉

    1. The original recipe used a 6-ounce can of tomato paste and one cup water ( see notes). Everything else is the same. 😉

  1. Great starting place for our no sugar or fake sugars house. I subbed homemade apple pear sauce and our canned pear water for the sugars. I know it’s not the same, but it will work on the tofu burgers with so many other wonderful flavors going on in this easy sauce. Thank you!

  2. I am so happy i found your website. It has given me a new outlook on life and cooking! I was not able to use many of my family recipes because my daughter and her family turned vegetarian and the my son became sick and cannot have dairy, gluten, soy and has given up almost all sugar. I was so tired of trying recipes and having them taste terrible everyone I have made of yours has been delicious! The one area I was wondering if you could help me on I’m trying to find a replacement for cheese that will taste good and also melt? Thank you again Sylivia for bring back joy to my cooking!

    1. Thanks Kelly! So happy the blog has been useful. Have you tried vegan store-bought cheeses? I’m not a huge fan honestly, they are too overly processed for me, and often contain seed oils- but if use sparingly,probably OK once in a while. I’ve heard Daiya melts well. 😉

  3. I just love this recipe! I never thought to make my own bbq sauce but since moving from the US, I’ve found it really hard to find bbq sauce I like. With that being said, I’ll continue to make this when I return home, it’s so easy and so so delicious! Thank you for letting me fill my Aussie home with delicious bbq flavors:) I’ve added this to tofu, veggie burgers, lentils, and even to hummus (had to stop myself from eating it with a spoon), I think it’s the chipotle peppers I love so much. Thank you!!

  4. Hi Sylvia,

    This is another excellent recipe! I have never tried so many recipes from one cook/ chef and been so happy with all of them! you are very popular in our household Sylvia!

    1. I totally agree. Every time I’m out of ideas and tell my husband it’s his turn to think of something I get an email of more wonderful ideas from you and he’s spared for another week! 🙂

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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