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Best Homemade Barbecue Sauce (GF + Vegan)

by Capri Lilly
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Homemade Barbecue Sauce. Make your own bbq sauce from scratch in less than 20 minutes with this easy recipe! This barbecue sauce is tangy, sweet, smoky, and finger-licking good! It’s the perfect barbecue sauce for ribs, pulled pork, chicken, marinades, and more! (The recipe is gluten-free and vegan!)

This barbecue sauce is super versatile and can be used to make many dishes! Use it to make Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings, Instant Pot BBQ Ribs, or even Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Tacos! The possibilities are endless!

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Making Homemade Barbecue Sauce Is Super Easy!

Sure, store-bought barbecue sauce is alright, and 3-ingredient barbecue sauce sounds good, but is it?!? I know many people make their barbecue sauce with ketchup, but that’s not what we do over here! You know why?! Because I like to know EXACTLY what goes into my homemade sauce —no extra additives and preservatives from prepackaged ingredients.

This barbecue sauce is thick, tangy, smoky, sweet, and MADE COMPLETELY FROM SCRATCH! Yes, I repeat: This is a homemade barbecue sauce without ketchup! (And you’ll be so happy about that once you taste this mouthwatering bbq sauce).  

BEST HOMEMADE BARBECUE SAUCE

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Why You’ll Love This Barbecue Sauce Recipe:

  • It takes less than 20 minutes to make
  • It’s made with 7 simple ingredients and a few spices
  • It’s Gluten-Free and Vegan!
  • Can be used in any recipe that calls for premade bbq sauce
  • It’s so good you’ll be licking the spoon!
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Homemade BBQ Sauce Ingredients

  • Tomato Sauce + Tomato Paste: The base of any good barbecue sauce is tomato sauce. Be sure to use canned plain tomato sauce, which is just pureed tomatoes with no extra ingredients.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: The key to making the best barbecue sauce is adding just the right amount of vinegar to provide a tangy, rich flavor. I Use Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Maple Syrup or Molasses: This helps to both sweeten and thicken the barbecue sauce.
  • Brown Sugar: The brown sugar gives the bbq sauce a warm sweet flavor and helps mellow the tartness from the tomato sauce.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Gives the sauce a savory depth. To keep this barbecue sauce recipe vegan, use a vegan Worcestershire Sauce like Annie’s Homegrown Organic & Vegan | Amazon Worcestershire Sauce | Amazon. Here is a Gluten-Free Option: Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce| Amazon (You can also use coconut aminos instead, which is both gluten-free and vegan.)
  • Hickory Liquid Smoke: To give the barbecue sauce the customary smoky flavor. I use Stubbs Hickory Liquid Smoke | Amazon.
  • Spices: The spices enhance the flavor of the bbq sauce and allow you to customize the flavor to your liking. If you would like your bbq sauce spicy, add cayenne pepper and red crushed pepper flakes.

How Do You Make Your Own Barbecue Sauce?

Making your own barbecue sauce from scratch is actually super simple! You combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat until it thickens. Adjust the taste to your liking and enjoy! 

jar of homemade barbecue sauce

Favorite Ways To Use BBQ Sauce

The best part about this barbecue sauce recipe is that you can use it for any recipe that requires premade barbecue sauce! (like my Instant Pot Barbecue Ribs Recipe!)

I used my Homemade Barbecue Sauce For Ribs! 

close up image of baby back bbq ribs

Common Questions

How Do You Store Homemade BBQ Sauce? 

Allow the BBQ sauce to cool. Then, pour it into a mason jar and seal it with a tight-fitting lid. Store your bbq sauce in the refrigerator for up to ten days.

How Long Does Homemade Barbecue Sauce Last?

This homemade barbecue sauce lasts in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 10 days. 

Can You Freeze Homemade Barbecue Sauce? 

Yes, you sure can! Transfer the bbq sauce to an airtight mason jar. Once it has cooled, seal the jar and place it in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you are ready to use the barbecue sauce, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator first.

close up of homemade barbecue sauce

I hope you enjoy this Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe


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Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Barbecue Sauce. Make your own bbq sauce from scratch in less than 20 minutes with this easy recipe! This barbecue sauce is tangy, sweet, smoky, and finger-licking good! It’s the perfect barbecue sauce for ribs, pulled pork, chicken, marinades, and more! (Gluten-free and Vegan)
5 from 35 votes
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2.5 cups
Calories: 42kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Organic Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • 2 tsp Hickory Liquid Smoke
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup or Molasses
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Combine the ingredients in a saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat until it thickens, about 15-20 minutes. Be sure to stir occasionally.
  • Adjust the taste to your liking. Use immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight mason jar for up to 10 days.

Notes

To Make Vegan:

To Make Gluten-Free:

You can also use Coconut Aminos instead of Worchestershire sauce. Coconut Aminos is both gluten-free and vegan. 
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 42kcal
nutrition facts for bbq sauce homemade

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15 comments

Tyanne November 17, 2021 - 3:30 am

5 stars
Honestly had no idea how BBQ sauce was made before making this. It was a good first recipe to try!

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Capri Lilly November 17, 2021 - 5:52 pm

Hi Tyanne! I am glad you gave it a try! Thanks for leaving a review 🙂

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Andrea White November 17, 2021 - 3:33 am

5 stars
yess! love this so much! so flavorful and delicious!

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Capri Lilly November 17, 2021 - 5:57 pm

Hi Andrea! I am so glad you liked the recipe!

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Megan Ellam November 17, 2021 - 9:35 pm

5 stars
This barbecue sauce looks absolutely incredible. It has gone straight to the top of my list to make. thanks for sharing!

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Capri Lilly November 17, 2021 - 11:43 pm

You’re welcome, Megan! I hope you enjoy!

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Brianna November 18, 2021 - 2:14 am

5 stars
This sauce is so good an insanely easy to make! I’m never buying bottles sauce again.

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Capri Lilly November 18, 2021 - 3:13 am

Yess! I love to hear it! I am glad you like the recipe!

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Agnieszka November 18, 2021 - 2:41 am

5 stars
This BBQ sauce is so much better than any bottled stuff from the store! Never buying Kraft again!

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Capri Lilly November 18, 2021 - 3:16 am

YAY! It’s so easy to make it from scratch, right! I am happy you like the recipe!

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Alison June 3, 2022 - 1:19 pm

5 stars
Best barbecue sauce I have ever tasted! I used coconut sugar instead, and added cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes, and it was amazing. Thanks for a great recipe!

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Capri Lilly June 4, 2022 - 8:06 am

Hi Alison! That makes me so happy! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe. Sounds like you made it a bit spicy too –yumm! Thanks for leaving a review 🙂

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Gaylynn Brewer September 29, 2022 - 4:23 am

Can you ”can” this BBQ sauce in mason jars and a hot bath to preserve the shelf life longer and not refrigerate until it has been opened

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Capri Lilly September 29, 2022 - 8:18 pm

Hi Gaylynn, I haven’t tried canning this barbecue sauce, so I am not sure.

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