Homemade Bar-b-cue Sauce


If you’re like me, when I went vegetarian and as I move toward being mostly vegan one taste I typically crave is a very smoky bar-b-cue flavor.  One of my fondest memories of my dad is when we could have family cookouts and he and I would make the bar-b-cue sauce.  This is my recipe for a delicious bar-b-cue sauce that will make your mouth water.


  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste (or use 3 cups of crushed tomatoes and cook them down)
  • 1/8 cup vegan worcestershire sauce (homemade recipe coming soon)
  • 1/8 cup Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp spicy brown mustard (homemade recipe coming soon)
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 Tbsp granulated garlic
  • 2 Tbsp granulated onion
  • 1 tsp ground tumeric
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 Tbsp regular chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp dark chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp smoked salt
  • 2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper to taste


In a medium sauce pan bring crushed tomatoes to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes.  Use a stick blender to smooth out the crushed tomatoes.  Add all dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Bring bar-b-cue sauce back to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.  If the sauce is too thick, add a little water until you get the consistency you desire.  If the sauce is too thin, add more granulated garlic, granulated onion, smoked paprika, and dark chili powder one teaspoon at a time until you get the desired consistency.

This bar-b-cue sauce is thick, tangy & sweet.


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    1. The Amino Acids taste sort of like soy sauce. In fact, we use it exclusively instead of soy sauce. It provides amino acids that one would normally get from meat sources. We usually get them from WholeFoods, but any store that carries a vegan line of food or the Bragg’s brand should have it

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