How To Make BBQ Sauce


Whenever I get the "craving" for BBQ sauce and I'm at the grocery store looking for one, I find that I leave empty handed because they always have *some* kind of ingredient that doesnt work for me. Not to mention a ton of salt. So now, I just make my own. This makes it easier in several ways: it's cheaper to make it than buy it (especially organic and processed stuff free), it takes all of 5 minutes to whip up and then 10-15 minutes simmering. 

It also menas that you can experiment with 1,000 different ways to spice it up and flavor the base. The base is easy, I even use tomato paste instead of ketchup. So the main ingredients that you'll need is a can of tomato paste, some vinegar, a sweetener, a salt substitute and some spices and herbs.  You'll also need some water to thin it all out. 

Just combine the ingredients to taste and add in the spices and herbs of your choice. Another great additive to consider is liquid smoke to give a nice traditionnal quick to your sauce. Give it a taste. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes, taste it againa nd adjust if necessary and let cool completely before jarring and putting it in the fridge at least overnight. I've included a recipe thatI use often when I make pulled jackfruit.

Basic BBQ Sauce

An easy way to make scratch made bbq sauce with all natural ingredients



Prep Time
5 Minutes

Cooking Time
15 Minutes


  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 Tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp braggs
  • 2 Tbsp hot sauce - or cayenne to taste


  • Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan and do a taste test. Simmer for 10-15 minutes and taste again and adjust seasonings as needed. Let cool completely and let sit in the fridge overnight.
  • It can be used right away as well, it just tastes at its best the next day.
  • Enjoy!