Quick Vegan Barbecue Sauce

This easy, no-cook vegan barbecue sauce recipe takes nearly no time to make.Though I’m all for good store-bought sauces as shortcuts, I’ve never found a prepared BBQ sauce I’ve really liked, so I rely on this one. It’s especially delicious with plant-based protein foods—tofu, tempeh, and seitan—prepared on the grill. See Barbecued Tofu, Tempeh, or Seitan for ideas and directions.

Makes: about 2 cups

  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or basil

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. If time allows, cover and let stand for an hour or so to allow the flavors to combine more fully. But don’t worry if you need to use it right away, it will still be quite good.




12 comments on “Quick Vegan Barbecue Sauce

  1. Nava Post author

    Elisha, sorry, your question went under my radar. It is tomato sauce that comes in a can…literally labeled tomato sauce. A 15-ounce can should be sufficient for this.

  2. Cyd

    awesome recipe!! I used my food processor to purée cherry tomatos. This Made my sauce a bit thinner than normal BBQ sauce, but the flavor was exceptional!!

  3. Rebecca

    I was short on the tomato sauce (only had an 8-oz can for 1 cup) so I substituted some Annie’s organic ketchup for the last 1/2 cup. This sauce was amazing!

  4. Nava Post author

    Thanks, Rebecca and Kris — I make this a lot, as I find store-bought sauces have an odd aftertaste. I tried to make this as easy and as flavorful as possible and glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Nava Post author

    Zaeem, most tomato sauces taste pretty much the same, though I tend to choose organic products like Muir Glen. But I think you’d be good to go with whatever brand you prefer.

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