Because I have so many food allergies, I’m always reading labels. Besides avoiding the things I’m allergic to (which is nearly impossible with BBQ sauce), I also like to avoid thinks that I just don’t think should be there. This led me to create my own gluten free BBQ sauce recipe many years ago.
Homemade BBQ Sauce Without Ketchup
When I started reading about how to make great BBQ sauce, one of the things that surprised me was how many recipes had ketchup as a base. While I have nothing against ketchup, I don’t really see it as an ingredient for a sauce!
I decided to do a little bit more research, and figured out you don’t need to use something already made like ketchup to make a great gluten free BBQ sauce.
In fact, homemade BBQ sauce without ketchup is much more inexpensive than any BBQ sauce you could buy in the store, or a ketchup based BBQ sauce.
My homemade BBQ sauce without ketchup only uses 4 simple ingredients. From there, it is the perfect base to add variation to, like fruit to add a different angle, or spicy peppers to give it a bit of a kick.
It can also be made in a wide variety of thicknesses and textures to ensure you get the BBQ sauce perfect to you.
It is also the perfect accompaniment to, well, almost anything, without changing a thing. Especially chicken tenders!
The Simplest Gluten Free BBQ Sauce Recipe
Besides being gluten free, this BBQ sauce is also free of any major allergens. If you are allergic to things like onion and garlic, you know how hard it can be to find something like BBQ sauce!
Canned tomatoes of your choosing (for me, it is whatever I have on hand, be it crushed, or whole, or even puree), brown sugar, white vinegar, and apple cider vinegar, that’s it! That’s all there is to this gluten free BBQ sauce recipe.
Sometimes I like to pulse crushed tomatoes in my Vitamix, other times I don’t bother. It is all up to you what texture of tomatoes you use.
This is by far the easiest, tastiest, and healthiest gluten free BBQ sauce recipe you could ever find!
- 28 oz tomatoes of your choosing (1 large can, I like crushed)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 14 oz White Vinegar (Half of the large can)
- Blend 1 28 oz can of tomateoes to your desired texture, and empty into pot. I use my Vitamix for this.
- Add 1 cup brown sugar to the pot.
- Add 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar to the pot.
- Add 14 oz White Vinegar. I like to measure half of the tomato can and rinse it out with the vinegar, so I get every last bit of tomato without having to scrape the can/
- Stir well.
- Bring to a boil, then simmer on low for approximately 2 hours, or until desired thickness is reached.
This recipe can be easily doubled, tripled, or more based on how much BBQ sauce you need.
To add dimension to this easy gluten free BBQ sauce without ketchup, feel free to add dried or fresh fruit, cayenne pepper, chili poweder, chopped dried or fresh peppers, and more!
This sauce is a great base to tweak exactly to your prefrences. We like to add things to small portions of sauce at a time to see if we like the flavors before commiting to a full batch of flavored sauce.
We will often do a naked wing night where everyone makes a little bit of their favorite sauce to try with the wings!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 38Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g