This easy, no cook bbq sauce recipe is made from pantry staples and can be whipped up in mere minutes. The perfect blend of sweet, spicy and tangy flavor, it is delicious on grilled meats, as a dip, on pizza and more.
I'm not going to claim that this is the best barbecue sauce recipe. With secret family recipes passed down from generations and annual competitions for the best sauce, I have to say- I have respect.
Many people take their homemade BBQ sauce recipe very seriously.
I am going to suggest though, that this may be the best BBQ sauce that you can whip up in less than a minute (as can this pizza sauce).
No, it hasn't been cooked down for hours to achieve the perfect caramel flavor, nor is it made with any special tomatoes or secret ingredients.
It's pretty simple. It's not shooting for awards. It's just here to add some great flavor to your barbecue creations the next time you need it.
Made with pantry ingredients, it is the perfect way to make your own sauce for an impromptu grilled supper or if you forgot to pick up a jar for barbecue chicken pizza night.
So let me show how to make this super easy (and tasty) sauce!
- Tomato Paste- The base of this sauce, made from concentrated, cooked tomatoes is a key element to skip the cooking step in this recipe.
- Maple Syrup- Adds sweetness and caramelized flavor. Honey, molasses or another sweetener can be used. See this post on maple syrup substitutes for more options.
- Balsamic Vinegar- Adds the key tanginess and bit of sweetness. I prefer balsamic vinegar for its sweetness but apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar will work if needed.
- Ground Dry Mustard
- Fine Sea Salt- Kosher salt or table salt will also work.
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Cayenne Pepper- Adds a bit of heat. For a milder barbecue sauce, you can use black pepper or omit it.
1. Mix. Add all of the simple ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk together to combine.
2. Adjust consistency. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time as is needed to reach your desired thickness.
Leftovers and Storage
To Store: Store leftovers of this easy BBQ sauce in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
To Freeze: Freeze leftovers of this barbecue sauce recipe for up to 3 months. I like to freeze it in an ice cube tray and then transfer it to a sealed container so that I can take out just the amount that I need for different recipes.
Make It Your Own
- Spicy BBQ Sauce- If you'd like to add more kick to this easy recipe, you can use more cayenne, to taste.
- Sweeter Sauce- You can also add more maple syrup if you prefer it on the sweeter side.
- Honey BBQ Sauce- Replace the maple syrup with honey. If your honey is quite thick, you may want to melt it for a few second in the microwave to make it easier to incorporate.
No Cook Barbecue Sauce Uses
This delicious sauce is great for so many uses! Try it:
- On grilled meats, such as pork chops, pork ribs, chicken thighs, chicken breasts or Barbecued Burgers
- To make BBQ Chicken Pizza
- Or make BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato
- As a dipping sauce for Homemade Fries or meatballs
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No Cook BBQ Sauce
- 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup plus additional to taste
- 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Add all of the simple ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk together to combine. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time as is needed to reach your desired thickness.