diy bbq sauce in a cup.

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Did you know that you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry and fridge to make a DIY BBQ Sauce? I make it myself all the time and it only takes a few minutes.

Recently I showed our YouTube audience how to make it during one of our live broadcasts. I used it to coat Butler Soy Curls before putting them on the grill. It's so easy to make that it requires almost no explanation! 

Why make DIY BBQ Sauce?

It is convenient to buy prepared BBQ sauce so why would you make it yourself? There are a few reasons why DIY BBQ Sauce might appeal to you:

  • You have limited storage in your fridge (like I do in the RV)
  • You want to have control over the salt, sugar, fat, etc. content
  • You enjoy tweaking the sauce to make it your own

When you're done, use the BBQ sauce wherever you would use the bottled kind. As I mentioned above, we enjoy it on Soy Curls but it's also good on tofu or jackfruit. Try it on burgers instead of ketchup for an extra kick.

If you're wondering how this BBQ sauce tastes, it's close to a Kansas City-style sauce. The sauce is thick, smoky and sweet.


If you're short on fridge space, why not make your own BBQ sauce from ingredients you already have.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 48kcal


  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons mustard yellow, brown, dijon - your choice
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/4 cup Bragg Liquid Aminos or soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup or agave, or date syrup, or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Stir all ingredients together until smooth. Use exactly as you would store bought BBQ sauce. Makes about 3/4 cup.



Nutritional values are based on full sodium and sugar ingredients. 

What's your favorite style of BBQ sauce?

Laura Nunemaker

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Laura Nunemaker

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