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Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce

Do you love barbecue sauce, but not the sodium, sugar, and additives that come with most store-bought brands? Then you'll want to try our new homemade version! It's super simple & inexpensive to make, and will complement your favourite veggie burger or oven-baked fries perfectly.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Yield: Makes Approx. 3 Cups


Barbecue sauce makes a fantastic, flavourful addition to a number of healthy plant-based dishes, including oven fries, burgers, and hash browns. However, many store bought brands have a lot of salt added, and often feature sugar (or high fructose corn syrup) as the first or second ingredient. When you're drizzling or dipping your favourite barbecue sauce on everything, it can be easy to take in more sodium or added sugar than you realise! That's why we love to make our own- it's natural, inexpensive, and simple to make. It also keeps for weeks in the fridge, so you can make a batch and have it on hand whenever you need it.

To see the difference between a homemade barbecue sauce and a store-bought one, take a look at the two tables below:


Leading Supermarket Brand (2 tbsp. serve)
Calories: 60
Added Sugars: 11 grams
Sodium: 280mg


Our Recipe (2 tbsp. serve)
Calories: 30
Added Sugars: 0 grams
Sodium: 15mg


With half the calories, no added sugars (sweetened with dates), and 18 times less sodium than the store bought brand, you can see why it makes sense to opt for homemade here. 

Date substitution: If preferred, you can substitute 1/4 cup of molasses or pure maple syrup in place of the dates in this recipe. If doing this, skip step one, and add the molasses or syrup to the blender with the other ingredients in step 3.


  • 100 g pitted dates * (see note above)
  • 2 tsp corn, arrowroot or potato starch
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 2 cups tomato passata (pureed tomatoes)
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. liquid smoke or smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. tabasco (or similar hot pepper sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp. sweet (regular, not hot) paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper


  1. Place the dates in a heat-proof bowl. Cover with boiling water, and set aside for 10 minutes to soften.
  2. Combine the starch with the tablespoon of water in a small jug or bowl. Whisk together until the starch is dissolved, then set aside until step 5.
  3. Combine all remaining ingredients in a blender. Drain the liquid from the dates, and add dates to the blender as well. Blend until completely smooth, then transfer to a pot or large saucepan.
  4. Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium. Cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to low. Add the starch & water mixture, while whisking, and continue to whisk over the heat for 1-2 minutes until the sauce becomes thick and glossy. Remove pot from the heat, and allow the sauce to cool before transferring to glass jars or bottles.

Prepared barbecue sauce will keep, refrigerated, for up to 3 weeks.