There are so many dishes that could use a great barbecue sauce to enhance the flavors. With its sweet smoky flavor, a good bbq sauce can transform a bland recipe into a culinary masterpiece. This Healthy Vegan BBQ Sauce recipe can do just that!
We love this homemade bbq sauce recipe because it’s…
- Sweet and tangy
- Simple to make with only 8 ingredients
- Great with so many recipes
- So easy a kid can make it
- A no-cooking-required recipe
- Great stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week
Reasons to make your own sauce
It is easy to just buy a bottle of barbecue sauce at the grocery store, but most bottled versions are loaded with added sugars. LOTS of sugar with some containing 12 to 16 grams per two-tablespoon serving. Wow!
However, in my opinion, a completely unsweetened barbecue sauce wouldn’t taste right either. Some sugar is required to balance the tanginess of the sauce. The great thing is that by making your own, you get complete control over how much sugar is in your homemade bbq sauce.
How to make homemade vegan bbq sauce
This delicious gluten-free homemade vegan bbq sauce recipe requires only 8 ingredients and is SO easy to make. With no cooking required, simply whisk all the ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl and then add it to your favorite recipes.
If you would like to make your own ketchup for this recipe, check out my 10-Minute Vegan Ketchup recipe.
The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.
I’ve even included my first-ever hands and pans video to show how simple this is to pull together in minutes, and you’ll find it below.
Check out all my Vegan Sauces to liven up those healthy meals.
Homemade heart-healthy bbq sauce ingredients
- ketchup or tomato sauce
- Worcestershire sauce (without anchovies)
- liquid smoke
- apple cider vinegar
- maple syrup
- garlic powder
- onion powder
Vegan BBQ Recipes
Every year, my husband and his friends make their annual requests for these Cauliflower BBQ Wing Bites for game day. They say they just want to make sure I remember. This is the 3rd year in a row, so I think they have me trained now.
They are so good! Even my sister, that normally does not eat cauliflower, likes them. That’s saying a lot!
I have two barbecue sandwich recipes that are amazing with this homemade gluten-free bbq sauce.
If you love soy curls, this BBQ Soy Curl Sandwich is a quick and easy vegan barbecue dinner recipe that can be pulled together in minutes.
The other sandwich is my Seitan Barbecue Sandwich that will rock your world. If you’ve never had seitan before, that needs to change right now!
This Easy BBQ Tempeh is a very simple, finger-lickin’ dish that is fabulous on the grill, baked in the oven, or even slow-cooked in a crockpot. Leftovers make great sandwiches and burritos.
These Easy Vegan Meatballs can be made with this easy healthy bbq sauce and served as an appetizer or main dish. Or replace the barbecue sauce with marinara for a delicious dish of spaghetti and meatballs. Whichever way you decide to make them, they’re delicious!
Healthy store-bought BBQ sauce options
There is one great-tasting store-bought bbq sauce that I like, and it’s much lower in sugar. It has a funny name–especially because we are plant-based eaters–and is called Bone Suckin’ Sauce.
For more recipe ideas for this sauce, check out these 21 Best Vegan BBQ Recipes.
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Healthy BBQ Sauce Recipe
There are so many dishes that could use a great barbecue sauce to enhance the flavors. With its sweet smoky flavor, a good bbq sauce can transform a bland recipe into an culinary masterpiece. This Healthy BBQ Sauce Recipe can do just that!
- 1 cup ketchup (or tomato sauce)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or date syrup)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (without anchovies)
- 4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1.5 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 pinch salt (or to taste)
- Combine all ingredients in medium-sized bowl and whisk together.
- Keeps in the refrigerator in air-tight container for 7-10 days.
Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 47Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 313mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g
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Friday 1st of July 2022
So excited to slather this sauce on all the things this weekend! Question, though. When you say ketchup or tomato sauce, my ketchup is already sweetened, and tomato sauce to me means spaghetti, so I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around what’s best to use. :D - if I go for ketchup, should I be using unsweetened ketchup? Or does it not matter? Clearly I’m stuck in neutral here. Help! :)
Saturday 2nd of July 2022
Hi Stephanie- If you have ketchup, that will work great. That's what I use too. We love it made with ketchup.
Wednesday 9th of February 2022
Just a question... why wouldn't this keep longer than 7 - 10 days? All of the ingredients have a much longer shelf life than that when refrigerated. That's the one thing that I have found challenging since going WFPB, vegan versions of sauces, salad dressings, cheese sauce, etc. have such a short life span and I usually end up throwing half of them away because we can't use them fast enough. :(
Friday 11th of February 2022
Debbie- You're right, this bbq sauce should keep much longer in the refrigerator. With storage life, I always try to err on the side of caution on the website. I would think this sauce should keep for quite a while.
Tuesday 2nd of June 2020
Fantastic! Thank you!
Wednesday 3rd of July 2019
Anything I can use to replace the liquid smoke?
Wednesday 3rd of July 2019
I found this link with some substitute that might work. https://www.leaf.tv/articles/alternatives-for-liquid-smoke/
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Wednesday 3rd of July 2019
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