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Making your own barbeque sauce is super easy and fun! This Vegan BBQ Sauce uses ingredients you already have in your pantry and takes less than 30 minutes to make!
The 5 Components of What Barbecue Sauce is Made Of?
1. Tomato Base
This can be anything from...
- tomato paste
- tomato puree (what we are using)
- ketchup (sweeter sauce)
This is the tangy component to a good barbecue sauce. You can use...
- white vinegar
- apple cider
- mustard (has vinegar in it)
The amount of sweetener you use will largely depend on how sweet you desire your barbecue sauce and what flavors you desire. You can use a combination of...
- brown sugar
- maple syrup
- agave nectar
- coconut nectar
- Bee Free Honey
- sugar-free alternatives like monk fruit, stevia, erythritol
4. Spices and Flavors
Again this will largely depend on your flavor profile and how spicy you like your BBQ Sauce. Typical spices include ...
- chill powder
- liquid smoke
- garlic powder (or chopped fresh garlic or minced dried garlic)
- onion powder (or chopped fresh onions or minced dried onion)
- cayenne pepper
- Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
And lastly, if you want your BBQ Sauce to stand out, you can add some fruit to it! You can use...
- lemon juice (for even more tanginess)
How to Thicken BBQ Sauce
There are many ways to thicken BBQ sauce. With this vegan bbq sauce recipe, it thickens on its own because we are using tomato puree for the base. To read more about other ways to thicken your BBQ sauce check out How to Thicken BBQ Sauce.
How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce
*Please read detailed and printable recipe card below for full ingredients and instructions.
Making Your Sauce
- Add the base of your BBQ Sauce starting with your tomato puree. (Photo 1)
- Then add your sweeteners and spices and simmer until thickens. (Photo 2, 3, & 4)
Substitution, Cook, and Storage Tips:
- Be sure to refer to the notes above of The 5 Components of What BBQ Sauce is Made Of to jazz it up and make it your own. The steps are the same but you can mix and match the ingredients based on what you like and what you already have.
- Adjust the number of spices and sweeteners to your liking. Add more sweeteners if you like it sweeter, spices if you like it hot, or mustard if you like it tangier.
- This recipe will keep in the refrigerator for a week and can be frozen for up to 3 months.
How Does this Recipe Help with Vegan Weight Gain?
It doesn't help or hurt your gains as it's just a condiment you can use on various meals.
How Does this Recipe Help with Vegan Weight Loss?
To make this more weight loss (waste/weight release friendly) you could:
- Use a sugar alternative (like monk fruit or stevia) instead of brown sugar.
Meatless Recipes to Use With Your BBQ Sauce
- BBQ Lentil Balls
- Vegan Baked Beans
- "Beefy" Lentil Loaf
- BBQ Vegan Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Use as a dipping sauce with my Fried Oyster Mushrooms recipe!
Vegan BBQ Sauce
- 1 can tomato puree (15 ounce)
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup agave nectar
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar additional
- ⅓ cup molasses
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion
- ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice optional
- Add all ingredients to a medium-sized pot. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, and continue simmering for 15 - 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool. Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to one week or freeze for up to 3 months.
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