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Vegan BBQ Sauce

Easy vegan BBQ sauce you can make in just 10 minutes. This recipe is a little sweet, a little smoky, and perfect for all of your summer grilling needs.

A jar of vegan BBQ sauce.

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This recipe for easy vegan BBQ sauce can be made in about ten minutes and only calls for simple ingredients. Sweet and smokey, and a little spicy if you add some hot sauce or cayenne pepper. This versatile sauce can easily be customized. It’s gluten-free, nut-free, and oil-free.

There are some delicious store-bought vegan BBQ sauces (we love Sweet Baby Ray’s!) But there is really nothing better than a fresh and homemade recipe.

I love using it to make my baked barbecue tofu, served alongside vegan mashed potatoes, grilled corn on the cob and green beans. The ultimate summer meal!

🍅 Ingredients

This vegan BBQ sauce recipe calls for easily-accessible, simple ingredients.

Ingredients for barbecue sauce on a table.
  • Tomato sauce: A 15-ounce can of plain tomato sauce.
  • Brown sugar: Did you know brown sugar gets its brown color from molasses? It has more flavor and richness than granulated sugar.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Adds a depth of acidity and brightness.
  • Tomato paste: Helps thicken the sauce.
  • Vegan Worcestershire sauce: Many Worcestershire sauces contain anchovies, but the Kroger brand and Annie’s do not. You can also make homemade vegan Worcestershire sauce.
  • Yellow mustard: Adds more flavor. Can also use a little ground mustard seed.
  • Smoked paprika: Essential for a smoky flavor!
  • Garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and salt

📖 Instructions

Find the printable version in the recipe card below.

Vegan bbq sauce in a sauce pan with a whisk.
  • Step 1: Whisk all ingredients together in a medium-sized pot.
  • Step 2: Bring to a simmer on medium heat. Lower to medium-low heat, and let simmer for 10 minutes. Stir frequently.
  • Step 3: Remove from the heat and use or store.

🥣 Variations

The great part about homemade BBQ sauce is that you can easily swap ingredients or add your own spin to the recipe.

  • Sweetener: Instead of brown sugar, you can use molasses, maple syrup, or white granulated sugar. You could even use fruit jam, which would add another delicious flavor! For a natural sweetener, blend 6-8 pitted Medjool dates with the tomato sauce before adding to the pot.
  • Smokiness: You can use liquid smoke in place of the smoked paprika.
  • Spicy: Add some hot sauce, chili powder, or cayenne pepper for a spicy BBQ sauce.

❄️ How to Store

This is an excellent recipe to make ahead for meal prep purposes.

  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 7 days.
  • You can freeze BBQ sauce for up to 3 months. Make sure to store in an airtight container or freezer bag to avoid freezer burn.

💭 Top Tip

Make sure to stir frequently while the sauce is simmering. Because it’s tomato-based, it can burn easily. I stir every couple minutes or so.

A spoonful of vegan barbecue sauce on a spoon.

Did you enjoy this recipe? Please leave a comment and a ⭐ star review below!

BBQ sauce in a jar

Vegan BBQ Sauce

Karissa Besaw
10-minute vegan BBQ sauce made with simple ingredients. Smoky, sweet, and delicious.
5 from 5 votes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 8
Calories 107 kcal



  • Whisk all ingredients together in a medium-sized pot.
  • Bring to a simmer on medium heat. Lower to medium-low heat, and let simmer for 10 minutes. Stir every couple of minutes so the sauce doesn't burn on the bottom of the pan.
  • Remove from the heat and use, or store in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to 7 days.


Calories: 107kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 572mgPotassium: 446mgFiber: 2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 739IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This bbq sauce is bomb! I linked to it from your bbq tofu recipe, and am I happy I did! You’re right, homemade IS better. I also was drawn to your recipe because unlike most, it didn’t call for ketchup, which for some reason turned me off.
    I did have to make a change because I was cooking for someone gluten-intolerant. I looked at the ingredients in Annie’s vegan Worcestershire sauce and noted two key ingredients I’d be missing were I not to use it: molasses and tamarind. I added a tablespoon of molasses and about 2 tsp. of tamarind paste. I also used tamari sauce instead of soy sauce.
    Anyway, this recipe is a keeper. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I really like your barbecue sauce. Question , have you canned your sauce? If yes, How long long do you leave in the water bath during canning?
    I am really interested. Thanks for sharing.

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