The Perfect Homemade BBQ Sauce: Easy, Delicious, and Vegetarian!

Nothing beats the smoky and tangy flavor of a good BBQ sauce. And what’s even better? Making it from scratch! With just a few pantry ingredients, you can whip up a delicious homemade BBQ sauce in just 5 minutes. Not only will it save you money, but it will also impress your family and friends with its mouthwatering taste. Plus, we have a secret ingredient that adds a salty, savory punch!

A jar of homemade barbecue sauce with a spoonful hovering above.

The Secret Ingredient: Soy Sauce

Many homemade BBQ sauce recipes call for Worcestershire sauce, but we’ve got a vegetarian twist. Our secret ingredient is soy sauce! Not only does it add a depth of flavor, but it also makes this BBQ sauce recipe vegetarian and vegan-friendly. No need to worry about anchovies here!

Brushing BBQ sauce on a salmon fillet.

Ingredients and Substitutions

To make this homemade BBQ sauce, you’ll need a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ketchup: The base of the sauce, but you can substitute with tomato sauce and tomato paste in a pinch.
  • Yellow mustard: Adds color and flavor, but you can use mustard powder as an alternative.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Provides a tangy taste, but white vinegar can work too.
  • Brown sugar: Sweetens the sauce, but you can use alternative sweeteners like white sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
  • Soy sauce: Our secret ingredient! You can use salt instead, but soy sauce adds an umami kick.
  • Spices: Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Black Pepper, Cayenne pepper.
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Feel free to experiment with the spices according to your taste preferences.

How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce

Making this BBQ sauce couldn’t be easier. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a medium saucepan.
  2. Stir together and heat for 3-5 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved.

That’s it! You can simmer the sauce for a little longer if you prefer a thicker consistency. Remember to let it cool before storing.

Process collage showing simmering homemade barbecue sauce in a saucepan.

Storage and Usage

Once your homemade BBQ sauce has cooled off, transfer it to a jar or airtight container. You can refrigerate it for up to 2 weeks or freeze it for up to 6 months. It’s perfect for glazing grilled or baked chicken, salmon, or even ribs. You can also use it as a dip for fries, chicken nuggets, or as a pizza sauce for a unique twist. The possibilities are endless!

A mason jar of barbecue sauce with a basting brush on the side.

Discover More Homemade Sauce Recipes

If you enjoy making your own sauces and condiments, be sure to check out these other recipes:

  • Honey Mustard Sauce
  • Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • Restaurant-Style Salsa
  • Enchilada Sauce
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Almond Butter
  • Peanut Butter

At Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ, we believe in the joy of cooking and the satisfaction of creating your own delicious flavors. So why not give our homemade BBQ sauce a try? Your taste buds will thank you!

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