It’s hard to find a sweetener-free BBQ sauce in the sugar-obsessed world out there. Don’t despair! You won’t even miss the sweetener in this smoky & flavorful BBQ sauce. Slather this sauce on those slabs of plant protein and grill it up! Alternatively you can pan fry or bake your protein in the oven.


Sugar-Free Barbecue Sauce

  • Servings: Makes Roughly 2 Cups
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This recipe counts as a condiment. Treat it as you would any other fat-free sauce or condiment, allow about 2 oz. If you go over 2 oz, include it in your veggie serving.


  • 1 15-oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 or 1 chipotle pepper depending on heat preference (you can find these canned in most grocery stores. It is often canned in adobo sauce which usually has a little sugar in it, but I don’t worry about it. You can freeze the remaining peppers in a ziplock. These provide a much smokier flavor than jalapeños, but if you can’t find them 1 roasted jalapeño will work too)
  • 3 garlic cloves (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion (or 1 tsp onion powder)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon each sea salt and pepper (smoked varieties are great for this)
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (I use Annie’s brand, it’s vegan and sweeteners are relatively low on the ingredients list)
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 3/4 cup organic veggie broth or water (or more to thin)


  • Throw everything into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes in a small pot.
  • Store in the fridge for a week, or as long as you would store an open can of tomato sauce.