Making your own BBQ sauce may seem a little OTT, but trust me, it’s most definitely worth it. Although shop brought versions have their time and place, they tend to be packed full of sugar and not a lot else. My healthy BBQ sauce is smoky, sweet, packed with goodness and yet just as tasty as the original.
This BBQ sauce recipe is a summer staple perfect to have ready as barbecue season approaches. I slather it on everything, but have found it particularly great on my smoky bean burgers. Use it as a dip for crispy wedges, or why not drizzle it over homemade sweet potato fries for a slice of Southern American heaven.
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This homemade BBQ sauce has that smoky sweet flavour you know and love, yet is healthier and made without refined sugar. Vegan, GF & healthy.
- 400 g passata
- 100 ml apple cider vinegar
- 1 heaped tbsp smoked paprika
- 2 tbsp worcester
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp sea salt
Combine all the ingredients together in a blender and whizz until really smooth.
Transfer the mixture into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over a medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until reduced and thickened. Taste and add more salt if required.
Allow the bbq sauce to cool completely before transferring into an airtight jar to store in the fridge.
This bbq sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
Vegan: Use a vegan Worcester sauce and maple syrup rather than honey.
Gluten-free: Assure your Worcester sauce is GF.
A few ingredient notes:
- Although apple cider vinegar works best in this recipe, it can be substituted for another cider vinegar or white wine vinegar. Do not use a malt vinegar – the flavour is too strong.
- Smoked paprika is different to regular paprika. Do not substitute with the latter, the flavour will not be the same!
- Make sure your maple syrup is 100% maple syrup and not maple ‘flavoured’ syrup. You could also use a raw honey if you prefer.