Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue Sauce
adapted from Veganomicon


  • olive oil spray
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (I used Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce since I’m obsessed)
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke (side note: this stuff is weird. But it was key!)
  1. Preheat a saucepan over medium heat. Place the onions in the pan and sauté in oil spray until browned (about 7 min).
  2. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Add all the other ingredients except the mustard and liquid smoke, and cook for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the mustard and liquid smoke and taste for sweetness/sourness. Adjust the flavors as needed, and cook for 5 more minutes.
  5. Puree if desired.

Makes about 4 cups.


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