Barbecue sauce

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins


Makes 450ml/16fl oz
Learn how to make superb barbecue sauce and wow your barbie guests - it's incredibly moreish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal19
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0.06g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 400g can chopped tomato



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 85g brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée


  1. Heat oil in a saucepan and add the onion. Cook over a gentle heat 4-5 mins, until softened. Add remaining ingredients, season and mix. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 mins, until thickened. For a smooth sauce, simply whizz the mixture in a food processor or with a hand blender for a few seconds.

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Comments (44)

pamela_scotland's picture

Absolutely delicious! I wouldn't put all the sugar in, we took the advice from people on here who had made it before and only put in 3/4 of the sugar and it was still really sweet. Going to try with half the sugar again tonight....yummy!!

madwumin's picture

Well - used the sauce in last nights dinner and I was very disappointed. The sauce was not barbecue at all just seemed like a spicy tomato sauce - my husband LOVED it and agreed that it didnt look or taste like barbecue sauce, but it was still one of the most tastiest sauces he has ever had!

madwumin's picture

Not ready to rate this recipe as I havent actually tried it with a meal yet - but I made it in advance and instead of plain brown sugar I only had light muscavado. I read all the comments as I always do and used less sugar, added chilli and tabasco - the colour looks bright red and it tastes highly of tomato puree. I think it would be better as a spicy sauce added to plain pasta but am gonna coat some pork steaks in it for dinner tonight and let you know how it goes :)

suedowlen's picture

Always goes down a treat in our house!

d41d0y's picture

Delicious! Marinated some chicken fillets for the grill and froze the rest!

mrsp1971's picture

Great sauce, added less sugar (around 60g) so it wasn't too sweet. Also added chilli flakes and paprika to spice it up a little.

cheftara's picture

Made this for a BBQ- very nice. Used chicken on the bone without skin. Left on overnight & scored the chicken. The sauce tenderised the meat. Although not recommended when not cooked- too sweet.

viewparkchippy's picture

Tried it this morning. A little sweet. Suggest a tbs of brown sugar.

Good recipe though and can be acceptable to blend other ingredients to suit a variety of tastes. Excellent.

laggy1's picture

this is great for a bbq my children love it on any meat

lisel1969's picture

This is a great, versatile sauce. I use it as a dip and also to coat all kinds of meat and it's never let me down

susan6780's picture

i used dark brown sugar as i didn't know what kind of brown sugar to use,and added a sprinkle of chilli powder for a kick,but the sauce came out fantastic! everyone loved it! fantastic sauce!! i won't buy bbq sauce again!

berniash's picture

made it as recipe and agree it was too sweet but as I was serving it with baked ham it was ok. will def make it again but use less sugar, very tasty

emmarobinson's picture

Far tastier than shop bought and really easy to make.

heidi_weig's picture

Way way way too sweet for my taste. I think half the sugar would be more than enough. I the juice of a whole lime and some more vinegar, and still found it too sweet.

Aside from that, though it's a great sauce. I added smoked paprika!

anngully's picture

oops forgat rating!!!!

anngully's picture

This was yummy. Didnt have any worcester sauce so used soy sauce, we really like spicy food so added a red scotch bonnet chilli.
Will definately use this again.

babswilkes's picture

This is a great sauce served hot or cold, you can tweak it by adding chilly it will be a staple from now on

nicpritchard's picture

Simply yummy!

alexandrahutchinson's picture

It's great!!!!!!!!!

toffeeman's picture

Used red wine vinegar (didn't have malt) and added a red chilli and 2cm piece of ginger and it was very nice.


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