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Homemade Barbecue Sauce [Vegan]

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My, my. It sure has been too long.

I have distant yet fond memories of downing vats of barbecue sauce at cookouts many years ago. Not right off a spoon, of course. I am much to civilized for that.

I would simply use other vehicles of transportation to get that liquid barbecue-flavored gold from the bowl into my mouth such as french fries and fried chicken. Much more nutritious than eating barbecue sauce right off a spoon, right? Sure.

During those carefree cookout days, little did I know (or care) about all the grossness hiding inside that sweet, rich sauce. I mean, what is barbecue sauce anyway? It’s just tomatoes, liquid smoke, salt, pepper, oh, and high fructose corn syrup. Or lots of sugar if you’re lucky.

But don’t you miss barbecue sauce? Maybe just a little? Don’t you wish you could take (insert edible transportation vehicle here) and slather it in barbecue sauce until is it unrecognizable in its original state? Of course you do. I know you too well.

We’re two peas in a pod, you and me. And us peas got to stick together, through thick and thin. But I like my barbecue sauce thick, so we’ll be sticking together through thick today. I’m here for you, and I brought barbecue sauce.

So… why exactly am I so excited by this? Why is this bbq sauce any different? Excellent questions. This sauce is actually quite similar to the one of your childhood, except in that this one is vegan, gluten free, sugar free, low carb, fat free, and only about 7 calories a tablespoon!

And you can pronounce every single one of the ingredients. Unless you’re not good at pronouncing words like tow-may-tow or dee-jon. In which case I can’t help you.

Pronouncability aside, I must advice you to proceed with caution. After your first try of this stuff, you may want to make a quintuple batch and take a bath in it. I don’t recommend bbq baths, but do I know they can be tempting.

How ’bout this? Make the quintuple batch, but save it for the transportation vehicles into your mouth. Capisce?

Homemade Barbecue Sauce [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan


1 1/2 cups


  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons low sodium tamari (You can use regular soy sauce if you want, or coconut aminos for a soy and grain free option.)
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 packets stevia (You can use more or less, depending on how sweet you want your sauce.)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid aminos
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a medium-large bowl, whisk all ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste.





Kelly is a fourteen-year-old foodie, photographer, yogi, writer, and student in the beautiful Los Angeles, CA. After a life-changing weight loss, I have discovered love for yoga and healthy, cruelty-free eating. My specialty is scrumptious, easy, low calorie, low carb, low fat, grain free, gluten free, and vegan recipes. I hope you enjoy! Kelly blogs at Foodie Fiasco.



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5 comments on “Homemade Barbecue Sauce [Vegan]”

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5 Years Ago

My BBQ BATHs are fat free, gluten free, contain only real ingredients (no liquid smoke, colors, flavors, or preservatives), 2 calories, .4 grams of sugar, and we are committed to keeping plastic out of our supply chain. They are brines, not sauces, but I'm happy to send you one if you'd like to compare.

Jocelyn Ansell
6 Years Ago

so i just made this... and i dont find it resembles any bbq sauce i have ever tryed, including the bottle of kraft i have in my fridge... Maybe you got the recipe wronge? I find it has a sour taste maybe not sure either way im not a big fan of this one, i will continue to use my own recipe. Feel free to try mine if you want! 1 can tomato paste (5.5 fl oz or 156ml) i have also used ketchup in a pinch 2tbs balsamic vinigar 1tbs olive oil 1 clove garlic (i find a cheese grater works beautiful) 1tsp onion powder 1/4tsp molassas sugar/stevia/xylitol/maple/agave to taste (pretty much any NATURAL sweetener)

Jocelyn Ansell
28 Sep 2012

oh and 1/2tbs of soy sauce/liquid aminos/tamari

6 Years Ago

Why both the Tamari or Coconut aminos and the liquid aminos? Also I notice that you do not have liquid smoke in the recipe. Is there is a reason for that? Thank you

Debby Sunshine
6 Years Ago

Looks simple and delicious!


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