Homemade dairy and gluten free BBQ sauce

Homemade dairy and gluten free BBQ sauce


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About this recipe: It was Friday, and I wanted to make an oozy, tangy BBQ sauce to top the pizzas I was making. Why don't I just buy a jar of gluten free barbecue sauce to top the pizzas? Well, because this way is more fun, and have you read the ingredients list on a jar of sauce lately? It usually makes for scary reading.

intoleranceisbliss Glamorgan, Wales, UK

Makes: 400 ml BBQ sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 2.5cm piece root ginger, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, sliced
  • 300ml water
  • 5 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 3 tablespoons honey (or agave nectar for vegans)
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free tamari sauce
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons black treacle
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour

Prep:5min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:25min 

  1. In a saucepan, heat the onion, pepper and ginger in the oil until they soften. Add the garlic and chilli and heat for no more than another 30 seconds. Now add the water and turn up the heat. Add in all the other ingredients, except for the lime juice and cornflour. Bring this up to the boil and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. It should now start to smell like BBQ sauce. Add the lime juice and heat for about a minute.
  3. Take it off the heat, transfer to a blender, and blend until smooth (depending on how good your blender is, you may want to fish out the star anise before blending).
  4. At this stage, I like to put it back into the pan and add cornflour to thicken it up. To do this, mix 2 teaspoons cornflour into about a tablespoon of water, and add it to the sauce. The cornflour needs heat to thicken, so simmer the mixture for a further 5 to 10 minutes


Just a note on how to make it, it’s a really simple sauce to put together, and while there may seem like a lot of ingredients, I just used what I had to hand. If there’s something on the list you don’t have or don’t usually buy, see if there’s something you have in your cupboard that you can substitute. Recipes are great for inspiration, but you can always tweak them to suit your tastes.

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