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Vegan BBQ Sauce

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Why buy BBQ sauce when you can make this homemade vegan BBQ sauce in minutes? This one is made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, and is perfect on tofu, soy curls, tempeh, burgers, and more!

Basting brush dipping into jar of bbq sauce

I was writing up my BBQ Tofu recipe, and realized that this BBQ sauce is a great recipe of its own. It’s great on so many things!

You may be wondering, if you can go to the store and buy BBQ sauce, why would you want to make your own? Sure it’s easy to pick up a bottle of sauce at the grocery store but I love making my own condiments, and there are several reasons to make this easy sauce yourself.

Jar of sauce with basting brush resting on top of jar

Many BBQ sauces contain honey or Worcestershire sauce, making them non-vegan. Were you aware that most Worcestershire sauces contain anchovies? Annies and Kroger brands do not. Most BBQ sauces also contain high fructose corn syrup and preservatives. Making your own BBQ sauce allows you to control the ingredients and make sure it is vegan and healthy.

Homemade BBQ sauce is also cheaper than the better brands of BBQ sauce. Some of them can be several dollars a bottle.

But the best reason to make your own barbecue sauce, is that it tastes great! And you can customize the recipe to make it as sweet, tangy, smoky, or spicy as you like.

Ingredients in this Vegan BBQ Sauce

There are several ingredients in this sauce, but I’m fairly sure that you already have most of them in your pantry.

Ingredients for vegan BBQ sauce
  • Ketchup – Organic, or at least free of high fructose corn syrup
  • Apple cider vinegar for that tangy taste
  • Maple Syrup – you can substitute this with brown sugar, date syrup, or a sweetener of your choice
  • Molasses – for depth of flavor
  • Vegan Worcestershire sauce for umami flavor
  • Onion powder & garlic powder
  • Smoked paprika & liquid smoke
  • Cayenne pepper – for spice. Feel free to increase or decrease the amount according to your taste preference.

How to make this sauce

Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk until well combined.

Sauce ingredients in saucepan

Heat over medium heat until it comes to a simmer. Reduce head and simmer for 5 minutes. If you want a thicker sauce, you can simmer a little longer.

Pan of sauce with wooden spoon in it sitting on a striped napkin

Transfer the sauce to a jar or bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. I like to store my sauce in a mason jar with one of a plastic lid. These lids are not as leak proof as the metal lids, and rings, but they don’t rust like the metal rings often do.

Jar of BBQ Sauce with spoon in it

Ways to use this Homemade Vegan BBQ Sauce

Use this sauce anywhere you would use BBQ Sauce. It’s great on tofu, tempeh, soy curls, and veggie burgers. Or maybe on portobello mushrooms or jackfruit. How about using it as a dipping sauce for these Waffle Fries? It would also be delicious on pizza!

Variations

  • Sweeteners – Use more or less, depending on how sweet you want your barbecue sauce to be. You can use a different sweetener if you like – brown sugar, organic white sugar, coconut sugar, or dates can be used.
  • Spice – increase or decrease the amount of spice to your taste preference. Instead of cayenne pepper, try Sriracha sauce.
  • If you want a thicker sauce, simmer it a bit longer, or add a thickener like corn starch or arrowroot powder.
Jar of BBQ sauce on cutting board with spoon of sauce next to it

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Jar of sauce with basting brush resting on top of jar

Vegan BBQ Sauce

Teresa Sklenicka
Why buy BBQ sauce when you can make this homemade vegan BBQ sauce in minutes? This one is made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, and is perfect on tofu, soy curls, tempeh, burgers, and more!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 55.8 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
  • Heat the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Use the sauce immediately, or transfer it to an air tight jar or container and store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 55.8kcalCarbohydrates: 13.8gProtein: 0.1gSodium: 256.3mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 9.2gVitamin A: 98.38IUVitamin C: 0.12mgCalcium: 10.18mgIron: 0.13mg
Keyword Oil Free, Sauce
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Nutrition calculations are approximate.

By on August 1st, 2021

About Teresa Sklenicka

I love creating tasty, oil-free, vegan recipes that everyone will love (even non-vegans)! Here you'll find vegan versions of your favorite comfort foods, as well as some new tastes! Join me on a path to improving your health, helping the planet, and saving animals.

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