Homemade barbecue sauce


I love this zingy and rich barbecue sauce alongside barbecued meat and vegetables

10 mins

1 hour

61 kcals

serves 6



This sauce is a bit of a family tradition for me- my Dad passed down the mantle to me when I was about 14. It’s a bit like George’s Marvellous Medicine, no 2 batches have ever been the same, and it often depends whats in the cupboard as to what ends up in it! The original always contained a fair amount of red wine and sugar, which I have pulled back on for this version (although I think it still needs some sugar, and for me sweetener won’t do although please do substitute if you prefer to use sweetener). The result is still rich, thick and seriously good with sausages! The key is making sure it simmers for a good long time.

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Homemade barbecue sauce

  • Author: Pip Payne
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


I love this zingy and rich barbecue sauce alongside barbecued meat and vegetables

Syns per portion: 0.5


  • 2 onions (roughly diced)
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • low calorie cooking spray or spray oil (add syns if on Slimming World and using oil)


  1. Fry the onions until soft and starting to brown, then add the garlic and stir fry for a couple of minutes
  2. Add all of the other ingredients, bring to the boil, and then simmer on low for at least 40 minutes, preferably 1 hour.
  3. Stir occasionally, adding a little water if starting to look too dry.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour

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