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The Best Vegan BBQ Sauce

  • Author: Liz Madsen
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2.75 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Deliciously smoky, sweet, and chewy, this Baked BBQ Tofu is super easy to make and is delicious alongside any meal & great topper for salad, pasta, & more.


  • 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tbsp reduced sodium tamari / soy sauce / liquid aminos
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder, to taste, optional
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 2 cups water, divided

Please see substitutions section if needed.


  1. In a medium saucepan or pot over medium high heat, add HALF the water and everything else but the cornstarch / arrowroot powder to the pot. Stir it well with a whisk and bring it to a slow boil.
  2. Now use your whisk or a fork to mix the cornstarch / arrowroot powder with the rest of the water until no lumps remain. Turn the heat on your stove down to medium.
  3. Stir this mixture into your sauce and stir or whisk until the sauce has thickened, or about 3-4 minutes. Let the sauce cool for a bit before storing or serving.
  4. Refrigerate it in an airtight container (I like to use a mason jar) for up to 1 week. It may thicken up a bit more in the fridge. If it thickens too much, warm some up with a tablespoon or two of water to release it.


  • Note 1: Substitute molasses for maple syrup or coconut sugar will work great and will still not be counted as refined sugar. You could also use regular organic cane sugar or brown sugar if you like (organic to keep things vegan).
  • Note 2: Reduced sodium tamari is just a gluten-free version of soy sauce, so if you don’t have issues with gluten, you can use either. If avoiding soy, you could use liquid aminos or coconut aminos instead.
  • Note 3: I used the following spices: onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, and a bit of mustard powder. But feel free to play around! Paprika would work in place of smoked paprika (you could also use liquid smoke) and you could easily substitute the mustard powder for any kind of prepared mustard. If you’re not into spice, leave out the chili powder.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Ingredient
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Nut-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Can be Soy-Free, Vegan BBQ Sauce