Best Homemade BBQ Sauce

Fire up the grill and get your saucy on! BBQ that is! Because nothing says summer’s here like the king of sauces: the BBQ sauce!

Sometimes sweet and brown, sometimes red and hot (and often something in between), barbecue sauce is thick with American history and culture.

Visit Memphis or North Carolina, and your sauce would likely be tomato based; in contrast, head down to South Carolina for a mustard-heavy sauce. In Alabama, BBQ often features a unique mayo-and-vinegar mix.

The most popular type of modern barbecue sauce is probably the Kansas City style, dominated by ketchup. Usually served on pork, beef, and chicken, barbecue is usually thought of as a carnivore’s condiment.

If you’re looking for something new, try my Best Homemade BBQ sauce on for size. Slather it on your favorite veggie burger or use it as a dipping sauce for crudités. You can even make BBQ chips by brushing the sauce onto potato slices (2mm or so thick) and dehydrating until crisp.


Best Homemade BBQ Sauce

Prep Time
Total Time


  • ¾ cup sun-dried tomatoes, with just enough water to cover
  • (about 1–2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons Rapadura (dehydrated cane juice sweetener)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon yacon syrup or coconut nectar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared organic mustard
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • ½ tablespoon fresh ginger root, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


Blend all ingredients on high until smooth, adding more water if necessary. Will keep in a glass jar in the refrigerator for five days.


Our mission is to nourish & transform the planet, one individual at a time, by providing the highest quality, clean, affordable, plant-based nutrition, education, and science-backed bio-technologies.


Claims on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information on this site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We encourage you to do your own research.. Seek the advice of a medical professional before making any changes to your lifestyle or diet.

Share This Post

Sunwarrior likes to share. Please feel free to repost articles as long as you always link back to the original and credit the author.