Vegan Recipes

Vegan BBQ Sauce Recipe

Elevate your grilling game with this delectable Vegan BBQ Sauce Recipe, a smoky and tangy condiment that adds a burst of flavor to your plant-based dishes. Crafted with a perfect balance of natural sweetness, savory spices, and a touch of heat, this homemade BBQ sauce proves that you don’t need animal products to achieve authentic and mouthwatering results. Whether you’re a seasoned vegan cook or someone looking to explore new flavors, this Vegan BBQ Sauce is a must-have recipe for enhancing the taste of grilled vegetables, tofu, tempeh, or even plant-based burgers. So, fire up your grill and let’s dive into the art of creating this versatile and finger-licking-good Vegan BBQ Sauce!

Servings: Makes approximately 2 cups of BBQ sauce


  • 1 cup ketchup (check for vegan-friendly options)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or another vegan sweetener of choice
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to your preferred level of spiciness)
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, water, soy sauce (or tamari), maple syrup (or vegan sweetener), molasses, and Dijon mustard.
  2. Stir in the smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, ground black pepper, ground cumin, and cayenne pepper until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. This allows the flavors to meld and the sauce to thicken slightly.
  5. Taste the Vegan BBQ Sauce and season with salt as needed to balance the flavors.
  6. Once the sauce reaches your desired consistency and taste, remove it from the heat and let it cool.
  7. Transfer the cooled Vegan BBQ Sauce into airtight containers or jars, and store it in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts per Serving (approximate values – 2 tablespoons):
  • Calories: 31
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 279mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 7g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 6g
  • Protein: 0g

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