how to make bbq sauce from scratch without ketchup | Family Cuisine

To make bbq sauce from scratch without ketchup, you need to start with a base of tomato paste and water, then add in some spices and herbs. Once the sauce is made, it can be used for any type of dish
how to make bbq sauce from scratch without ketchup | Family Cuisine

Learn how to make a delicious homemade Texas BBQ Sauce without any ketchup or mustard! Using wholesome ingredients for ultimate flavor and the perfect blend of sweet, smoky, tangy and slightly spicy! This is the perfect homemade barbecue sauce!

spoon of bbq sauce in pot


Growing up in Texas, we know our bbq sauce. In fact, Texas is known for its barbecue. We ate barbecue and Tex-Mex more than anything else growing up. And as many of you know, who’ve followed my blog for sometime, I love bbq more than any other flavor. I honestly think bbq sauce tastes good on just about anything, haha.

I’ve made many barbecue sauce recipes on my blog and even a new one in my cookbook.

But, this one, is truly the perfect southern Texas style bbq sauce for me. It is the best bbq sauce I’ve created to date and we are obsessed with it in my house. It is the ultimate flavor and perfect balance of sweet, smoky, tangy and slightly spicy, but not overly so. My Dad made so much bbq in the backyard growing up and always smothered it in the most delicious bbq sauce. As a Texan, this one makes me super happy.

Everybody has their own idea of what makes bbq sauce the best. Some like it really tangy with a ton of vinegar, me not so much. I like some of course, for balance, but too much can taste rather strong. Some like it super sweet. This Texas BBQ Sauce is perfectly sweet, but not a sugar coma.

jar of texas bbq sauce on wood board


To me, you need each one of these for that perfect overall balanced flavor. I feel the best barbecue sauce has to have some molasses and liquid smoke in it, period. (recipe card below with full details)

  • tomato sauce/puree (not tomato paste)
  • pure maple syrup
  • molasses
  • worcestershire sauce
  • apple cider vinegar
  • garlic powder
  • chili powder
  • liquid smoke
  • black pepper


Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and process until smooth.

pot of bbq sauce

Add to a pot over medium heat. Once it begins to simmer, cook for 3-5 minutes, whisking continuously until the spices cook through and it is warmed throughout. I love to heat up pinto beans with some of the barbecue sauce. So so good.

skillet of pinto beans with bbq sauce


  • Apple Smoky BBQ Sauce
  • 5 Minute BBQ Sauce
  • Bold and Rich BBQ Sauce (for my lentil loaf)

If you make this recipe, be sure to leave feedback below and share your pic on Instagram or Facebook and tag me @thevegan8 #thevegan8!

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