Homemade smoky-sweet barbecue sauce

  • Author: Stacey Roberts | Veggie Mama
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2 litres 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: American


Modify your barbecue sauce to your specific smoke/sweetness needs. You won’t know what you ever did before!



  • 2 cups tomato passata
  • 4 tsp onion powder, or 1 whole onion peeled and diced
  • 34 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/4 cup treacle
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 4 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  •  a couple of tablespoons of liquid smoke


  1. To a large pot, add the passata, onion, garlic, mustard powder, treacle, allspice, paprika, and worcestershire sauce.
  2. Bring to a boil and then simmer over medium-low heat about 20 minutes, until thick.
  3. Add the apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and liquid smoke. Test for seasoning – you may want to add salt, and play around with the sweetness/smoke levels. Remember it will taste a bit different when cold, so make sure there’s plenty of flavour.
  4. Bring to a boil and pour into heated, sterilised jars. Put the lids on tight and leave to cool, preferably overnight.

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