Wicked BBQ Sauce Recipe

wicked healthy bbq sauce recipe

Nothing beats a sweet, spicy, and smoky BBQ Sauce! Check out this easy BBQ sauce recipe, focused on working with layering flavours and starting with an ingredient you all probably have in the cupboard as a base – almighty ketchup! Not a ketchup fan!? No worries, simply swap it out for your base of choice, blended cooked sweet potato, beets, or simply tomato paste. You can make this sauce in a snap this grillin’ season (and beyond) and use it as a marinade, dipping sauce for veggies, tofu, our mushroom steaks, and seitan! This one comes out thick, silky, and damn delicious!


  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 small Chilli pepper, (fresno or cayenne are great choices )chopped
  • 1 ½ C Ketchup, low sodium and sugar
  • ¼ C Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T Brown coconut sugar
  • 2 T Black strap molasses
  • 2 Chipotle in adobo
  • 1 T Sriracha
  • 2 tsp T Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Mustard powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • about 1 C of water
  • 1 T vegan butter


  1. Heat a pan over medium heat and add oil, swirl to coat the surface.
    Add onion, garlic, and chopped chili in a pan and saute until the garlic and onions start to caramelize.
  2. Lower heat to medium-low and add ketchup, vinegar, sriracha, smoked paprika, chipotle, mustard, brown sugar, molasses, and salt.
  3. Dilute with a little water to evenly distribute flavours, stir to reduce. Simmer for 8-10 minutes, then shut off the heat.
  4. Use an immersion blender to combine the ingredients to create a thick glossy sauce.
  5. Simmer down for a couple of minutes to thicken to your desired consistency. Add the vegan butter for a silky sheen, stir in to melt and combine.
  6. Stores in the fridge for up to a week.


Check out our Quarantine edition BBQ Grilled Veg Bonanza to try this BBQ sauce recipe out with!

Try it with our signature Wicked mushroom steaks.

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