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Easy Barbecue Sauce [Gluten-free]

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This easy barbecue sauce has just five ingredients and is done in two minutes. A little bit spicy and slightly sweet, it’s gluten free and doesn’t require any cooking. Perfect for topping a burger or dipping some chicken tenders in!

Make it vegan with a vegan Worcestershire sauce substitute.

barbecue sauce in a jar with a spoon, with barbecue sauce spilled on the side

Barbecue sauce has always been one of my favorite sauces. Be it as a vital ingredient for Sloppy Joes, to dip my chicken nuggets in or to glaze the perfect barbecue ribs – a good barbecue sauce is nothing short of a necessity. And while grabbing the storebought version might seem like a great lazy option – this one probably won’t even require you going to the store.

Use it with chicken, beef, pork, ribs, tofu – it goes with just about anything. And for the best result – use it to glaze your food while barbecuing, as well as for a side sauce when serving.

side view of homemade barbecue sauce in a jar

Why this barbecue sauce is the best

  • Just five ingredients, and most of them are kitchen staples (I mean, even liquid smoke is a staple in my kitchen – but I get that might not hold true for everyone)
  • Done in 2 minutes – enough said
  • No cooking required – I never found the cooked versions to be any better anyway, to be honest, so why bother?
  • Slightly spicy so you can serve it to almost anyone

Substitutions and additions

  • Worcestershire sauce is generally not vegan or vegetarian – but I found a homemade vegan substitute that looks promising
  • Honey can be substituted for molasses, brown sugar or light syrup
  • If you have it – add in some cooking liquid from your meat, for example when making pulled pork. It takes this barbecue sauce from delicious to legendary!

How to make Barbecue Sauce with Ketchup

To make this barbecue sauce in just two minutes, start by bringing out your ingredients: ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, honey and salt.

step 1-4 of making barbecue sauce: adding ketchup, worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke and honey
Add ketchup, Worestershire sauce, liquid smoke and honey

Then bring out a jar or bowl and add in the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke and honey.

step 5-8 of making barbecue sauce: adding salt and mixing
Add salt and mix together

Add in the salt, and mix together.

And that’s all there is to it – enjoy!

Looking for other sauces you can make in under 5 minutes? Check out this Blue Cheese Sauce, this Whipped Feta or this Lime Aioli.

a spoonful of barbecue sauce over a jar of barbecue sauce

What did you think about this recipe? What’s your go-to barbecue sauce recipe? Let me know in the comments below! And please leave a review while you’re at it, and make my day!

side view of barbecue sauce in a jar

Easy Barbecue Sauce

5 from 4 votes
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American, gluten-free
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 69kcal


  • 2 dl ketchup
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 0.5 tsp salt


  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Use to top meat or vegetables when barbecuing and as a side sauce.



  • Honey can be substituted for molasses, brown sugar or light syrup
  • Add some (1/2 dl / 1/4 cup)cooking liquid from meat if you have it


Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 779mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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