Barbecue sauce

Barbecue sauce

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(49 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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13th Jan, 2014
if to sweet make again , missing out the sugar. and add the two together
23rd Sep, 2013
tasted nothing like bbq sauce, far to sweet . More like pasta sauce.
17th Sep, 2013
First time making this, I agree it's too sweet and too tomatoey. This is what I changed. reduced sugar to 45g & added 1 tbsp of clear honey. Reduced puree to half. Added 1 tsp paprika & 2 tsp thyme (for chicken) simmered until thickened then separated sauce from pulp pulp using sieve. I'm using pulp as relish and used sauce for hunters chicken... Amazing!
anita n
12th Mar, 2013
this did not taste anything like a BBQ sauce and it definately did not need 30 minutes to simmer! It is tasty though but not BBQ flavour.
11th Mar, 2013
So simple to make and tastes wonderful. A good starter to experiment with - smoked paprika added is a good twist.
11th Feb, 2013
Im always looking for a great bbq sauce for ribs, chicken etc, and even though the ingredients were basic, I thought I would give it a try. It was ok but too much of a tomato sauce, more for pasta or as an accompaniment.
24th Aug, 2012
I'm new to cooking so this may be a silly question but how is there 0 g of fat when the olive oil has some 13 g per tbs. I don't understand. I ask this because I have high cholesterol and need to know
5th Aug, 2012
Sorry I forgot to star! Full 5 stars :)
5th Aug, 2012
Oooh, yummy! Big hail storm today (in August!) so decided on an indoor BBQ. This sauce is perfect for our taste, also cheap and very easy to make. I cooked chicken pieces in the smooth/blended version in a heavy frying pan on medium heat until the sauce turned sticky and dark around the edges. Next time will make a large batch and bottle some for friends and family. Delish, extremely More-ish, ThankYou! x
30th Jun, 2012
Used half the sugar & added a couple of chopped chillies. Wanted a sauce to go with home made burgers, this was perfect. Used it as a dip with tortillas too. Can easily be adapted to personal taste.


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