Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe

This homemade barbecue sauce is a great replacement for the sugar-filled stuff you get at the store.

A lot of you have asked me for this but I put it off for a while because frankly, I buy my barbecue sauce. It’s clean, and I love it. But I also understand that many of you may not have access to buying clean barbecue sauce. So I relented and whipped this up for dinner the other night.

Clean Eating Barbecue Sauce shown in three white spoons lined up on a table. The sauce is a rich, reddish-brown color.

My ex husband loved it, Mini Chef refused to even try it (he’s was going through a phase), I enjoyed it but wish I had put it on the chicken while it was still on the grill. I just schmeared it on after the chicken was done, and that was not such a hot idea. In fact, next time, I think I’ll marinate the chicken in the sauce first before barbecuing it because The flavors never got a chance to really get into the chicken. But it was good! We even dipped polenta squares into it. Yum! And needless to say, I think it will be a while before I buy barbecue sauce again. this was just too easy and too yummy.


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Clean Eating Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Need a healthier barbecue sauce? Look no further! This clean eating barbecue sauce is delicious as a marinade or brushed on at the grill.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 13 servings
Calories: 138kcal


  • 15 oz. canned tomato sauce (no sugar added)
  • 6 oz. can tomato paste (no sugar added)
  • 1 tsp. low sodium soy sauce OR coconut aminos
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • ¼ cup unsulphured molasses
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar


  • Combine all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl and mix well using a whisk.
  • Use as you would any other bbq sauce!


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.8mg

This recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 6/19/11.

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  1. graciouspantry says:

    about 1 1/2 weeks.

  2. graciouspantry says:

    Just leave it out. It’s such a small amount, you should be okay without it.

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  11. disqus_CG3A0cfd6q says:

    can you can this?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Sorry, but I don’t know the first thing about canning. You would have to show the recipe to a master canner.

  12. I cannot wait to make this!  I absolutely love baked chicken breast with BBQ sauce but I have avoided the bottled version.  Now I can enjoy it again without the guilt!  Thank you!

  13. Is there any way to use pure Maple Syrup instead of the molasses? I am overseas and I don’t think our Commissary carries this.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      It will change the flavor slightly, but it should still work and be tasty.

  14. Jessica Trimble says:

    Made this the other day for chicken and everyone (including a 3, 4, and 2 yr old) ate it up! Thanks for putting quality recipes out there.

  15. ThruGodAllThings says:

    I wanted to do some clow cooker BBQ chicken sandwiches. Do you think this sauce will cook good on the chicken in the crockpot?

  16. How long does this store in the refrigerator? I would store it in a mason jar. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      1-2 weeks approximately.

  17. Was wondering if raw honey was used or just “regular” honey?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gretchen – You can use any honey you like. Raw or regular, the flavor will still be the same.

  18. Sarah-Jane says:

    hello I am from Australia and was wondering by tomato sauce do you mean ” Ketchup” or a tomato paste?? thanks 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sarah-Jane – Here in the states, tomato sauce is like spaghetti sauce without all the added flavorings.