Homemade BBQ Sauce in a glass jar on a wooden surface
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Homemade BBQ Sauce


BBQ season is quickly approaching (if it has not already started?! 🙋🏼‍♀️) and what better way to kick it off than with this beautiful Homemade BBQ Sauce?!

Homemade BBQ Sauce in a glass jar with a spoon on a wooden surface

This sauce was a recipe trial and I have to admit – when I threw the (random list of) ingredients into the pot I was kind of wondering whether it would actually turn into something. I cooked it a short while and let it cool and I was amazed at how well it tasted. To say that is has become an instant hit in our household is an understatement. This Homemade BBQ Sauce also pairs so well with whatever you like to put on the BBQ. I truly hope this will become a staple in your household as well.

Homemade BBQ Sauce in a glass jar on a wooden surface

But… once I had made this recipe I was beginning to wonder: “How do you make BBQ Sauce look ‘good’ for a photo?”. I mean – we are talking about a pot of (delicious) sauce here. Which is why you are finding cilantro and garlic in the background for no other reason than to make the color of the sauce pop 😉. Regardless of the picture – I need to stress again how delicious, sweet, spicy and overall tasty this sauce is 🥰.

Garlic and cilantro on a wooden surface

What is Tamari – one of the Ingredients in this Homemade BBQ Sauce?

The list of ingredients for this Homemade BBQ Sauce is, truthfully, quite short. This is great – as it makes the recipe super easy and you likely already have everything at hand! However, it is not that great for highlighting individual ingredients – so I thought I would talk about Tamari today and what the difference to Soy Sauce is.

So – what is Tamari? In comparison with most soy sauces, it tends to be darker and less salty with more of an umami flavor. It is also often-times gluten-free (which is why I use it) but be sure to check the label when in doubt. Whereas technically Tamari is a type of soy sauce, how it is processed is completely different. Traditional soy sauce is made of four main ingredients: Soy, water, salt, and wheat that is then fermented for a number of months. Tamari is a by-product of fermenting soybeans. It is made from soybeans, salt, and water but also undergoes a fermentation process. Soy sauce tends to be a bit sweeter than Tamari as the wheat adds a natural sweetness.

Homemade BBQ Sauce on a spoon on a wooden surface

How can I adjust this recipe to my dietary requirements?

This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free. If you would like to make it paleo-friendly – simply swap the tamari for coconut aminos.

And there you have it for this week 🤗. Easy, delicious and homemade – be sure to make this recipe and use all summer long for the BBQ season. Please let me know in the comments below and/or over on Instagram how you like the recipe!! I love hearing from you and seeing you enjoy the recipes! 💚

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Recipe by Ann Robejsek
5.0 from 2 votes
Course: SidesCuisine: American, veganDifficulty: Easy


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This easy, homemade BBQ sauce recipe is simply delicious! Make it in under 15 minutes for a great sauce to keep on the side.


  • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds

  • 2 cups (500 gr.) tomato passata

  • ΒΌ cup (60 ml.) tamari

  • ΒΌ cup (55 gr.) tomato paste

  • 1/3 cup (80 ml.) maple syrup

  • 1.5 tbsp arrow root starch

  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp smoked salt

  • Β½ tsp cayenne (or smoked hot paprika)

  • Β½ tsp cumin

How to

  • In a small coffee grinder or blender, blend the mustard seeds into a powder
  • Put all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Be sure to stir vigorously in the beginning as else the arrowroot starch will solidify as one, individual piece. Reduce the heat and let simmer for a ca. 15 minutes, until slightly thickened
  • Let cool and store in an airtight glass jar in the fridge and ENJOY!!!

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