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Easy Barbecue Sauce [Gluten-free]

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
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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!
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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!

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 days
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
Nutrition Facts
Easy Barbecue Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 69 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 779mg34%
Potassium 182mg5%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

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