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If you want a delicious honey BBQ sauce recipe that you can make in 5 minutes (no cooking required), this is for you.
As I'm sure you know, the barbecue sauce is a crucial component of a barbecue dinner. And when you make homemade barbecue sauce, you get to make sure it's the perfect balance of tang and sweetness.
Plus, you'll get to control what ingredients go in (and stay out of) your sauce. This barbecue sauce is made without ketchup and with tomato paste.
Homemade Barbecue Sauce Without Ketchup
A lot of BBQ sauce recipes use ketchup as a base, then they cook the sauce to thicken it up. Not this one. This recipe uses simple ingredients like tomato paste, vinegar, honey, molasses, and spices. Tomato paste is very thick already, so using it as a base eliminates the need to cook the sauce.
Also, ketchup has a lot of ingredients, but tomato paste only has one. This honey barbecue sauce recipe uses only the simplest ingredients.
Tools Needed to make this bbq sauce with honey recipe
This recipe is really simple - you just need a few simple tools.
- Mixing bowl - We have some exactly like these and they work for everything, including this sauce.
- Spoon - Use your regular soup spoons, or a wooden mixing spoon.
- Measuring spoons I recommend some like these so that the labels don't rub off.
- Immersion blender optional- if you're looking for a super smooth sauce, you can use an immersion blender to get rid of the clumps and smooth it out.
Ingredients in barbecue sauce recipe with honey
- Tomato paste - Tomato paste is tomatoes cooked down to a very concentrated paste. It's bursting with tomato flavor and is a great base for sauces. We love this kind because it's Organic and there's only one ingredient.
- White vinegar - Apple cider vinegar would also work well here. This will give you the tang, and balance out the sweetness.
- Honey - Sweetens the sauce. Grab the raw and unfiltered honey, like this kind.
- Molasses - Adds a distinct flavor to the sauce. I tried this recipe without the molasses and it didn't taste right.
- Mustard - Use your favorite kind. Yellow mustard, or dijon work great.
- Garlic powder and onion powder- Adds savory flavors and balances out the sauce.
- Salt - Balances the sweetness and acidity.
- Black pepper - Adds a kick (add cayenne for a bigger "kick").
How to Make Honey BBQ Sauce
It's really simple to make this honey BBQ sauce recipe, and there's no cooking at all.
Grab your mixing bowl and mix all the ingredients together. Stir until smooth. If the sauce is a little clumpy, you can use an immersion blender to smooth it out.
By the way, an immersion blender is an amazing kitchen tool to have in your cupboard. (It's on my minimalist kitchen essentials list for a reason).
Can I freeze BBQ sauce?
This recipe makes about 2 cups of sauce, which fits perfectly in this wide mouth mason jar. It will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week.
Alternatively, you can freeze it for much longer (3-6 months) in an airtight container. To thaw, put it in the fridge the night before you want to use it. Then serve cold or heated up.
Is barbecue sauce gluten free?
I can't speak for every barbecue sauce out there. Many sauces off the shelf at the store include gluten as a thickener. This recipe is 100% gluten free.
How to Use Your Honey Barbecue Sauce?
- Pulled pork sandwiches or tacos
- Drizzled over ribs
- BBQ grilled chicken
- Pizza sauce for a BBQ chicken pizza
Looking for more delicious homemade sauce recipes?
I've got you covered, my friend:
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- Best Homemade Peanut Dipping Sauce
- Creamy Cilantro Lime Mayo
- 5 Minute Coconut Curry Sauce
5 Minute (No Cook) Honey Barbecue Sauce
A perfectly balanced barbecue sauce you can make in minutes. No cooking required.
- 6 oz tomato paste
- ¾ cup white vinegar
- ½ cup honey
- 3 Tbsp molasses
- 2 tsp mustard
- 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 ½ tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- cayenne powder, to taste (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl
- Stir until smooth
- If you have clumps after stirring, you can use an immersion blender to smooth it out.
- If you want more spice, add cayenne, to taste
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: ¼ C
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 322mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 1g
I made this tonight for a BBQ. I did not have any molasses, so I just tried the recipe without it. I had my husband (the sauce critic) taste it and he said it was delicious!! Then I realized I had some date syrup in the pantry and added a little of that to potentially replace for the thickness of the molasses. My husband tried it and said, "That's barbeque sauce!" It's nice to have such a good base for a sauce that we can tweak it a little based on what we have on hand. In the future if we don't have molasses or the date syrup, we will still use this as our BBQ sauce. Thanks for the recipe!
Jill, I'm so glad it worked okay with that substitution. Thanks for your comment!
Andrew Eoff says
This is probably the best BBQ sauce I have ever had. Not an exaggeration. I have used it on my burgers, chicken drumsticks, and pulled pork sliders. Actually, most commonly I just eat it by the spoonfull.
Andrew, thanks for your comment! I'm happy to hear you love this sauce as much as we do :).
Tired of all of the high fructose corn syrup in commercial barbecue sauces decided I had to try homemade. Wanted to start with something simple and I liked the ingredients list and had everything on hand including needing to use up the rest of the jar of tomato paste.The only change I made was I added a splash of real maple syrup and a little more mustard just to suit our taste preferences. thanks for ending my search for a homemade barbecue sauce right here. Love that it's no cook no fuss going to the kitchen make it and you're done. It will be finishing our pulled pork for New year's dinner. Thanks for sharing