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An easy and homemade barbecue sauce that is sweetened with dates, made with simple ingredients and ready in under an hour. This is a must make recipe for the summer and is the perfect addition to any backyard barbecue! #datesweetened #sugarfree #barbecuesauce #oilfree #vegan #summerrecipe #veganbarbecue #sauce #dip #side #staple #bestvegan

Vegan Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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  • Author: Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 48 minutes
  • Yield: ~3 cups
  • Diet: Vegan


This easy and homemade Vegan Barbecue Sauce is sweetened with dates, made with simple ingredients, and ready to indulge in less than one hour. It’s the must-make vegan condiment of the summer!


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water, or as needed to reach your desired consistency
  • 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1/4 cup chopped dates, pitted packed
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup vegan Worcestershire
  • 2 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • ½ tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Large pinch of salt, or to taste



  1. Boil the sauce. In a medium-sized pot over medium heat, add all of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. As it simmers, the dates will soften and sweeten the barbecue sauce.
  3. Cool. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  4. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a high-speed blender and run until completely smooth. If sauce is too thick, thin out with water as desired. 
  5. Season to taste. Adjust seasonings as desired. Enjoy immediately or bottle and chill until ready to use.


  • Storage: This barbecue sauce will last about a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 
  • Spice: If you’re looking for a spicy BBQ sauce, we suggest adding in some cayenne pepper to taste. 
  • Freezing: Transfer to an airtight, freezer-safe container like a wide-mouth glass mason jar. Keep the sauce below the freeze line, or the jar will break. Tightly screw on the lid and freeze for up to 6 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator, then use as desired. 
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 33 minutes
  • Category: Sauce, Summer
  • Method: Stovetop and Blender