Made with a handful of pantry staple ingredients and finished in 15 minutes of time, this easy, Vegan BBQ Sauce is a great condiment to have on hand!
Our family is big into condiments.
Whenever we eat a meal, we bring out all the different condiments and sauces in our fridge so that we can add extra sauce to every bite.
Currently, we are loving this Vegan BBQ Sauce recipe!
We love it on my homemade BBQ veggie burgers.
We stir white beans into it for a quick meal of baked beans on toast.
BBQ sauce is a great sauce for buddha bowls.
Basically, it's a staple sauce that you should always have on hand.
And guess what? It's so easy to make your own vegan BBQ sauce at home!
Let me show you how to do it.
Ingredients in BBQ Sauce
This homemade vegan BBQ sauce recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients, many of which you probably already have on hand.
I'll list out everything you'll need below:
- Tomato sauce
- Brown sugar
- Apple cider vinegar
- Soy sauce
- Liquid smoke
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
See? So simple, right?
If you aren't familiar with liquid smoke, it's a great seasoning to have on hand as it gives vegan protein sources a meaty taste. And in the case of this BBQ sauce recipe, it adds a delicious smoky flavor that is delicious!
You should be able to find liquid smoke at your local grocery store. If you can't, you can always order some online. Thankfully, one jar lasts quite a while!
Is BBQ sauce vegan?
In general, BBQ sauce is vegan.
You should easily be able to find a vegan BBQ sauce at your local grocery store.
However, not all BBQ sauces are vegan. There are a few ingredients you need to watch out for when buying store-bought barbecue sauce. I'll list out some non-vegan ingredients that are sometimes included in store-bought BBQ sauces below:
- Worcestershire sauce (this sauce usually contains fish or anchovies)
- Sardines or anchovies
- Chicken or beef stock
- Dairy products (milk, etc.)
Is BBQ sauce healthy?
Everyone has a different idea of what is and isn't healthy.
I believe that every food can play a part in a healthy, balanced diet...including BBQ sauce!
However, BBQ sauce often does contain a fair amount of sugar. So if you're trying to limit your sugar intake, this is something you should be aware of.
Thankfully, there are so many different brands of barbecue sauce on the market now, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding a BBQ sauce that fits into your lifestyle!
How to make homemade BBQ Sauce
Did I mention that this vegan BBQ sauce recipe is easy to make?
It really is!
All you have to do is:
- Place all of the ingredients into a sauce pan.
- Whisk the ingredients well until combined.
- Bring the sauce to a simmer and allow the sauce to simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the brown sugar is dissolved and the flavors have had a chance to meld.
- Allow the sauce to cool before transferring it to an airtight container in the fridge.
Since this vegan BBQ sauce is homemade, I like to store it in an airtight container in the fridge.
It should last for at least one week!
How long does homemade BBQ sauce last?
Like I mentioned above, this homemade vegan BBQ sauce should last for at least a week, maybe two.
You can also freeze it in a freezer-safe container and just thaw it overnight the day before you need it.
Store-bought BBQ sauces probably last for ages in the fridge thanks to preservatives!
What to serve with BBQ sauce?
BBQ sauce makes so many different foods taste amazing.
We love to pair BBQ sauce (or BBQ flavored foods) with so many things.
I'll list out some foods that go well with barbecue sauce below:
- BBQ jackfruit tacos
- BBQ pizza (use barbecue sauce as the base instead of marinara)
- Easy BBQ Veggie Burgers
- Baked Tofu smothered in BBQ sauce
- Nachos topped with BBQ jackfruit, vegan cheese, etc.
- BBQ baked beans (on toast)
- BBQ baked tempeh
Instead of making meat the star of your next BBQ, swap the meat out for a plant-based protein and slather it with this homemade vegan BBQ sauce!
Vegan BBQ Sauce
- 690 grams tomato sauce about 3 cups
- 4 ½ tablespoons brown sugar*
- 1 ½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Place all of the ingredients into a sauce pan and whisk well to combine.
- Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and allow the sauce to simmer for about 10 minutes or until all of the sugar has been dissolved.
- Turn off the heat and allow the sauce to cool before transferring it to an airtight container and storing it in the fridge.