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Vegan BBQ Sauce

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The PERFECT Vegan BBQ Sauce for any occasion, whether it’s burgers, sandwiches, nuggets or just eating it with a spoon!

BBQ sauce is one of the greatest sauces ever invented. Many a time I’ve been eating a substandard burger and drenched it in BBQ sauce and it saved the day. Of course, it’s even better on a burger that’s super good already, like my Western Bacon Cheeseburger!

why you’ll dig making your own bbq sauce!

Look, I get it, there’s a ton of already vegan BBQ sauces at the store. I buy them too! However, there’s a certain joy in making your own. Not only can you tailor it to your tastes, but there’s a small amount of pride in knowing you didn’t resort to Sweet Baby Ray, or Stubbs!

Plus it takes less than 15 minutes to throw together! So it’s quick and easy and satisfying!

how to make vegan bbq sauce

This really couldn’t be easier! You just need to whisk and combine everything together. Some folks don’t bother simmering this to reduce it a little and melt the sugar, but I prefer it and it takes less than 10 minutes!

Literally, it takes less than 15 minutes to make your own BBQ sauce!

Vegan McRib


  • Ketchup – Almost all BBQ sauces start off with ketchup and this one is no different!
  • Vegan Honey – for some added sweetness! You can use my Vegan Honey recipe, or some maple syrup or agave.
  • Brown Sugar – for some more added sweetness!
  • Vinegar and Vegan Worcestershire – some much needed acid and zing to contrast with all the sweet stuff.
  • Hot Sauce – I think all BBQ sauce should have a little bit of a kick. Leave it out or double it depending on how much you agree!
  • Smoked Paprika – there’s a reason Chef John calls this the bacon of spices and he’s correct!

how long is BBQ Sauce good for?

I’ve haven’t tested this out, but searching online, it seems like most folks say to use this within 2 weeks. But honestly it’s so good, I don’t see how it would last that long. It’s honestly good on everything!

More BBQ Recipes

You can use this anywhere BBQ Sauce is called for! How about one of these recipes?

You could also make some Tofu Grilled Chick’n and brush it with some sauce too!

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Vegan BBQ Sauce

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BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vegan honey or maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Add all the ingredients to a saucepan, whisk and then heat over medium.
  • Once it starts bubbling, kill the heat. Taste and adjust for seasoning. It will thicken as it cools, but you can thicken it more by heating it and reducing for 5 – 10 minutes if desired (mine was plenty thick though!)
  • Store in a mason jar or similar in the fridge for up to 1 week (possibly longer but I always eat it before then!)
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