Barbecue sauce

Barbecue sauce

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(50 ratings)

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
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    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 tomatoes



    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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Samantha Brook's picture
Samantha Brook
23rd May, 2020
This tastes great as a pasta sauce but definitely not as a BBQ sauce.
30th Jan, 2017
OMG!!! This sauce absoloutely beats any other barbecue sauce any of us had ever tasted hands down. Beautiful.
29th Jan, 2017
way, way, WAY too sweet. I'll make it again, subbing the tomatoes for a dark ale/stout and halving the amount of sugar.
13th Sep, 2014
This sauce was pretty awesome - just be intuitive as you make it to get your ideal flavour. I used it to dip these in:
29th Jul, 2014
After seeing previous comments and making the sauce with the ingredients listed, I agree it's too tomatoey. So I added less sugar, paprika and mustard seeds to give it more of a kick and to make it taste less like Pasta sauce
mark houston
15th Jul, 2014
Tried this recipe, also tried marinating pork / chicken in the sauce overnight. I Put a little less sugar in and used honey and apple vinegar, a little paprika. It barely tastes anything like BBQ sauce, more like sweet 'n sour and it smells just like pasta mix. Not impressed. So many of these recipes online don't taste anything as they claim, is really annoying.
20th Apr, 2014
This sauce was really tasty although I agree with previous posters: 1 - it's really sweet (at least halve the sugar) 2 - it's really tomatoey, not as barbequey I served it alongside sausages and it was a great accompaniment. There was some left over which I ate the day after as a chutney with cheese and crackers which was delicious. Will be making this regularly now BBQ season is here (with less sugar and maybe smoked paprika as suggested).
Donkey John
19th Apr, 2014
for a more authentic smoky taste, add a teaspoon of smoked paprika and a good pinch of powdered mustard.
15th Apr, 2014
Simple and simply delicious. Made this recipe for the first time and the quantity makes lots to coat a full family barbecue but I to the tip from previous comment. I cooked it up to the recipe, whizzed then poured over 4 lean pork steaks and cooked in a hot oven for 30 minutes. Really tasty and lots of delicious sauce to indulge the baked potatoes that accompanied the steaks. The sauce on its own is really tasty but as I like spicy heat I added small chopped red chilli pepper - lovely!
7th Feb, 2014
My family loved this sauce. I made it as per recipe, whizzed it to make it smooth then poured it over sausages and baked in the oven. A real hit, and felt far healthier than opening a jar of processed barbecue sauce.


MoiraKP's picture
2nd Aug, 2016
Can you freeze BBQ sauce
17th Aug, 2014
Can you freeze this please?
goodfoodteam's picture
2nd Sep, 2014
The sauce can be frozen or will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge too.
13th Feb, 2019
Think this is going to become a house favourite. I changed it up a little by adding an orange pepper and swapping onion for a red onion and the malt vinegar for cider vinegar. So yummy.
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