Make your own Vegan BBQ Sauce at home! It's perfectly tangy with a hint of smokiness for the best barbecue sauce you'll ever make.
VEGAN BBQ SAUCE RECIPE
Nothing makes or breaks a cookout like barbecue sauce. I love this Vegan BBQ Sauce because it's got all the flavors in just one spoonful.
Your guests will rave about this tomato-based sauce that's a little tangy, a little sweet, and a little smokey. From bbq tofu to jackfruit pulled "pork" sandwiches, this sauce really goes with everything on the menu. Don't forget the elote!
INGREDIENTS IN VEGAN BBQ SAUCE
Tomatoes: You can use crushed tomatoes or canned tomato sauce for this bbq sauce base. If you like it a little chunkier, use crushed tomatoes.
Sugar: Coconut sugar, brown sugar, white sugar, you name it! Every bbq sauce needs a little sweetness.
Syrup: I use maple syrup, but agave syrup works well as a natural liquid sweetener, too.
Mustard: Some say it's not bbq sauce without mustard. I add just a teaspoon to give it that tang.
Soy sauce: I use light soy sauce in this recipe, but you could swap it for coconut aminos to keep it gluten-free, too! Or just make sure your soy sauce is gluten-free.
Apple cider vinegar: This healthy vinegar is full of great flavor in sauces. It's one of my favorite additions.
Paprika: I use smoked paprika to add that extra smokiness without the grill. You can use regular paprika, too!
Garlic powder: Unlike raw garlic, garlic powder is much sweeter in a recipe.
Onion powder: When in doubt, add some onion powder! It's great for adding onion flavors without the chunks.
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HOW TO MAKE VEGAN BBQ SAUCE
- First, prep all your ingredients. This is mostly a dump and mix recipe.
- Then, combine the tomatoes, sugar, syrup, water, mustard, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper in a saucepan. Bring the sauce to a boil, then simmer it to thicken.
- Now, let it cool to room temperature. You can always use warm sauce for recipes, though!
- To store your leftovers, keep the vegan bbq sauce in an airtight jar or container for at least 2 weeks.
These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions, please see the recipe below.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH VEGAN BBQ SAUCE
Amish potato salad is my favorite BBQ side dish! This is the best potato salad recipe with a sweet and tangy yellow mustard dressing.
I love baked beans, but I don't always love the canned versions. Make baked beans from scratch in the Instant Pot!
Looking for a light, creamy salad for your cookout spread? This chickpea chicken salad is the perfect addition.
BBQ SAUCE VARIATIONS
This is a fantastic vegan bbq sauce base, but you can always change it up! Whether you're a diehard Memphis BBQ fan or are more of a Carolina mustard sauce lover, there's a variation out there for you.
I like my bbq sauce to be a little sweet, but you can always add more or different sweeteners. Some people love using dates!
I use smoked paprika to get that hint of smokiness, but you can also use regular paprika and liquid smoke. You'll likely need a little less water with this version.
If you need a hot bbq sauce version, make a batch with a little hot sauce, cayenne pepper, or chili powder until it's the perfect spice level for you.
HOW LONG DOES HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE LAST?
The beauty of this vegan bbq sauce recipe is you can make it every few weeks and always have a batch of fresh sauce in the fridge! I'm always making this during the summer for all our cookouts.
In the fridge, this sauce will last around 2 weeks. You can always make a massive batch and freeze some for up to 3 months. Just thaw and enjoy!
MORE YUMMY SUMMER RECIPES
I know soup season is in the winter, but I love this vegan corn chowder with fresh sweet corn. It's so creamy but not heavy.
Gluten-free fried zucchini coins are a traditional summer favorite that combines ripe garden zucchini with simple ingredients to create the perfect crispy pan fried zucchini.
Or switch it up with these totally keto zucchini boats! They're seriously ready in 10 minutes flat.
There's nothing more summer than a juicy grilled veggie dog. But have you had hot dogs in the air fryer?
I love easy grill recipes in the summer. These grilled veggies and potatoes in foil packets are so good!
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Vegan BBQ Sauce
- Mason jar or airtight container for storage
- 2 cups crushed tomatoes or 100% tomato sauce
- ½ cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
- ½ cup maple syrup or agave syrup
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika or regular paprika
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- ½ tablespoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Stir together all ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over high heat and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
- Sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.