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Easy BBQ sauce recipe

Easy BBQ sauce recipe

48 ratings

Making your own versatile BBQ sauce is easy with this make-ahead recipe! Made with simple ingredients this sauce is perfect for slathering on anything you'd like to barbecue. See method

  • Makes about 400g
  • Takes 40 mins plus cooling
  • 31 calories / serving
  • Dairy-free


  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp English mustard powder
  • 2 tsp garlic granules
  • 200g tomato ketchup
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée​
  • 75ml cider vinegar
  • 75g soft light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp treacle
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    0g 1%
  • Saturates

    0g 0%
  • Sugars

    6g 7%
  • Salt

    0.1g 2%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 6.4g Protein 0.4g Fibre 0.3g


  1. Heat the oil in a medium, lidded saucepan over a low heat and add the onion. Cover and cook for 10-12 mins until soft and translucent but not coloured. Stir in the spices and cook for another 1 min. 
  2. Whisk in the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Bubble gently over a low heat for 25 mins, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 10 mins.
  3. Blend the sauce with a stick blender or in a blender until completely smooth. Spoon into sterilised jars* while still warm, then close the lids tightly. Leave the sauce for a couple of days before using, if possible, to let the flavour mellow.

Get ahead: The sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 1 month.

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