This Quick and Easy Vegan Barbecue Sauce is made with easy to find ingredients you probably have right now in your pantry or refrigerator. Seriously, you won’t believe how easy this is!

Quick and Easy Vegan Barbecue Sauce in a mason jar with a brush.

Is anyone else rarely impressed with store bought barbecue sauce?

A couple of complaints I have:

  1. Most are made with high fructose corn syrup.
  2. The higher quality ones are WAY too expensive for my budget.
  3. They just don’t usually taste good, unless you splurge on the expensive bottles, which I never do.

However, while I love to cook and create recipes, I’m also quite the lazy cook at times and want to keep things as simple as possible. Especially when my twins have back to back basketball games and my toddler is screaming, “MAMA” for the 1000th time of the day while I’m trying to put dinner together. *sigh*

So the other day I was making my Instant Pot Barbecue Jackfruit and decided to come up with my own SUPER easy, delicious barbecue sauce. I didn’t want it to require any chopping or cooking (not even garlic pressing!), just throwing some stuff in a bowl.

Which is what I did, and I’m thrilled with the results!!

Top down shot of vegan barbecue sauce in a bowl.

You only need 7 ingredients:



Brown sugar OR maple syrup

Apple cider vinegar

Soy Sauce (use tamari for gluten free)

Vegan Worcerstershire sauce &


Put them in a bowl and whisk! Done.

You can use this Quick and Easy Vegan Barbecue Sauce in a variety of recipes:

Make some barbecue tofu, or The Best BBQ Sandwich with Soy Curls.

Make these veggie burgers, add the barbecue sauce and some pineapple slices. Yum!

Use in Instant Pot BBQ Jackfruit.

Drizzle on baked potatoes.

Dip these Easy Baked Tofu Nuggets in this sauce.

Quick and Easy Vegan Barbecue Sauce in a mason jar from the side.

If you make this recipe, let me know how it goes! Rate it, leave a comment and tag a photo @noracooksvegan on Instagram. Enjoy!

Quick and Easy Vegan Barbecue Sauce in a mason jar with a brush.

Quick and Easy Vegan Barbecue Sauce

A quick and easy vegan barbecue sauce using everyday ingredients you probably have in your pantry/ refrigerator right now! Use this sauce for BBQ tofu, on veggie bean burgers or BBQ jackfruit sandwiches. Yum, yum.
5 stars (12 ratings)



  • Add all ingredients to a medium sized bowl and whisk to combine. Makes about 2 1/2 cups or 18 ounces, the same amount in an average bottle of store bought barbecue sauce. Store in the refrigerator up to a week.
  • Use this recipe for Instant Pot BBQ Jackfruit, on veggie burgers, BBQ tofu or tempeh or even with these Easy Baked Tofu Nuggets.


  1. Look for a ketchup without high fructose corn syrup. 
  2. For Gluten Free, use gluten free tamari instead of the low sodium soy sauce.
  3. For the vegan Worcestershire sauce, I usually buy Annie's brand. If you can't find it, you can leave it out.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 85kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 956mg, Potassium: 129mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg

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