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Finally, a quick and easy Vegan BBQ Sauce! Not only does it taste delicious, but it's also gluten-free, only uses 11 simple ingredients, and can be made in just a few minutes.
Homemade barbeque sauce is the way to go! Store-bought bbq sauces tend to be packed with additives, high in refined sugar and if we are being completely honest, don't taste that great...
While creating this sauce, we played around with various ingredients and stained a lot of wooden spoons in the process. lol... We were determined to come up with a bbq sauce to go with our Beet and Bean Burgers, Bean Walnut Burgers and our Portobello Mushroom Burgers!
I think a lot of people assume that making condiments of any kind is a daunting task but it is actually very easy and honestly only take a few minutes.
The best part about making your own vegan bbq sauce is you get to control what goes into it. If you love a bit of added heat or maybe a sweeter sauce, that is easy to do with a few simple tweaks. Feel free to play around with the recipe and make it perfect to you!
By making your own, you also avoid trying to decipher the ingredient list on the store-bought bottles... which is a huge bonus if you ask me!
This recipe does use ketchup which is typically full of crap so go for an organic brand that doesn't have all the sugar and preservatives added if you can. You can easily make your own ketchup or try a brand like Primal Kitchen.
All the ingredients are listed below with the full recipe of course but I want to mention a few key points that really make this recipe as great as it is.
The smoked paprika, chili powder, salt, and pepper are what give the nice rich smokiness flavor to this sauce and even though you could go with regular paprika, I wouldn't.
Secondly, stick with shallots, they are not as potent as other onions and have a slight hint of garlic flavor.
Step 1: Using a small pot, combine grapeseed oil, shallot, and garlic together until well combined. Sautee on medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until nicely browned. Next, add chili powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, and sea salt. Stir thoroughly.
Step 2: Next, add the apple cider vinegar, Tamari, maple syrup, and stir. Lastly, add in ketchup, stir until well combined, and let simmer for about 3 minutes.
- Make an extra batch or double the recipe. Pour into cute mini mason jars and give as gifts to teachers, parents, grandparents, coaches! Tie a little ribbon around the neck of the bottle to make it look even more adorable!
There are countless options depending on your specific desire and taste, but here are a few suggestions that we have tried and liked.
I am not into heat like Anthony and Aiden are so we end up dividing our sauce into 2 mini mason jars. That way, Ry and I can have more of a savory sauce while they enjoy the heat.
If you want to change it up a bit:
- If you like heat, add in some pepper flakes or hot sauce.
- Instead of maple syrup, try molasses for added richness.
- Add some whiskey to make this a whiskey BBQ sauce. Um, YUM!
I mean a lot of things taste pretty darn good in barbeque sauce so feel free to go wild here. We've tried it on these recipes and loved them all so give them a go and see what you think.
- Use as a dipping sauce for these General TSO Gluten-free Cauliflower Bites.
- As the dressing on a Vegan Buddha Bowl with Tofu.
- Drizzle some onto these delicious Vegan Baked Potatoes.
Even though this sauce really doesn't take long to whip up, we highly recommend that you make it ahead of time so that you always have it on hand when you need it.
- Refrigerate: Store in an air-tight container for up to 7 days. I love how it looks in the mini mason jars!
- Freeze: Although this recipe doesn't taste as good in our opinion when frozen, barbeque sauce can be kept in the freezer for up to 2 months. It has to be kept in an air-tight container or freezer bag.
- Reheat: We love this warmed up but that is personal performance. Just toss it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds or reheat in a small pot for a few minutes on low.
You can use coconut aminos instead of soy-sauce in this recipe.
Lots of BBQ sauce add Worcestershire sauce, honey, or various spices that may or may not have who knows what in them, etc. So, no not all bbq sauce is vegan and you do need to read your ingredients.
Nope, even though it has some chili powder in it, it is not spicy.
Here are a few more sauces and dips that you may enjoy if you like this one:
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Vegan BBQ Sauce
- 1 Shallot finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Tamari
- 1 tablespoon Maple syrup
- ¾ cup ketchup
- Using a small pot, combine grapeseed oil, shallot, and garlic.
- Sautee on medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until nicely browned.
- Add chili powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, and sea salt. Stir until well combined.
- Next, add the apple cider vinegar, Tamari, and maple syrup to the mix and stir until well combined.
- Lastly, add in ketchup, stir until well combined, and let simmer for 3 minutes.
Nutritional information provided is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary depending on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.