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Easy Homemade Vegan Barbecue Sauce

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

This is the best Vegan Barbecue Sauce recipe out there! It goes with everything, takes just 15 minutes and is made with only clean, healthy ingredients!

homemade vegan barbecue sauce recipe

It's my favorite time of year! Long days, tons of sunshine, windows open and the smell of the grill wafting through my windows at night.

It's summer and that pretty much means one thing: barbecues!

We're talking classic side dishes like potato salad, pasta salad, burgers, hot dogs and all things grilled. And what goes best with all these amazing summer staples? Barbecue sauce.

how to make vegan barbecue sauce at home

Unfortunately, most store-bought barbecue sauces are loaded with crap. Things like high fructose corn syrup, dyes, preservatives additives, gluten, you name it. Sure, they taste good, but is that really something you want to slather all over your veggie burgers?

Yeah, me neither!

So today I'm going to show you how to make the BEST homemade vegan barbecue sauce on the planet!

It's quick, simple, healthy, full of REAL food and doesn't have any of the junk. It also tastes amazing, is super versatile and can be frozen for later use!

how to make vegan barbecue sauce at home

How to make Vegan Barbecue Sauce

Up until this recipe, I hadn't ever made barbecue sauce at home, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it really only takes about 15 minutes to make.

STEP ONE: The base of the sauce is tomatoes. To get the best texture, I used two varieties – tomato sauce and tomato paste.

STEP TWO: Next we need an acid and some sweetness. I used apple cider vinegar for my acid and a blend of maple syrup and coconut sugar for the sweetness.

STEP THREE: Finally, it's all about the flavorings! To choose which ones I wanted to use, I actually went to the store and looked at the labels of the bottled ones. Most use Worcestershire sauce, which seems to be traditional (I use this kind which is gf+vegan), as well as some mustard and spices. So that's what we're doing with ours!

And then it's just down to the cooking. Simply allow the sauce to simmer on the stove until it thickens up and then you're done!

healthy vegan barbecue sauce ready in just 15 minutes

How to use our Vegan Barbecue Sauce

I'm sure you don't really need any ideas for how to use this sauce, but just in case you're feeling a little uninspired, we're here to help.

So now that we're in summer mode, I'd love to know…

What are you most looking forward to eating this summer? Share some of your favorite summer dishes with me below and I'll try to recreate them for you!

how to make vegan barbecue sauce at home

Other easy summer recipes to try:

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Vegan Barbecue Sauce

The perfect barbecue sauce is here and it's naturally gluten-free and vegan! Use it as a marinade, as a topping or as a dip - it's delicious all sorts of ways!
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, bbq, healthy bbq, homemade barbecue sauce, vegan bbq, vegan sauce
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 41kcal



  • Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan and whisk until combined. Bring the mixture to a low simmer and partially cover with the lid. Cook for 10 - 15 minutes until the mixture has thickened.
  • Either use immediately or allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 - 2 weeks.


Recipe adapted from Well Plated


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.9mg

healthy vegan barbecue sauce ready in just 15 minutes



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  1. […] Put chicken breast and your favorite sauce in the crockpot, shred, and enjoy. We recently even made our own BBQ sauce. So easy! This meal will include pickles on the side for Ollie and I, much to Erik’s […]

    • Thank you for the recipe! I had used all my BBQ sauce and didn’t even know I could make some! You are a genius….mine is simmering on the stove right now – thankfully I’ve only snagged a few licks from the spoon but already I can tell this is SUPERB!!

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