no sugar added bbq sauce
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No Sugar Added Homemade BBQ Sauce

The sweetness in this no sugar added homemade BBQ sauce comes from local honey and the richness from caramelized onions and unsulphured blackstrap molasses. Perfect with any grilled meats or as a delightful dipping sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Barbecue
Servings: 3 cups


  • 1 can (29 oz) tomato sauce unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup unsulphured blackstrap molasses
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp spicy brown mustard (check label for no sugar)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 medium red onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch optional
  • 1/4 cup cold water optional


  • In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Stir in the diced red onions and cook until they are lightly browned and completely tender. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce, making sure to thoroughly scrape the bottom of the pan, then add in the remaining ingredients, except for the cornstarch and water. If you want a slightly thinner sauce, you can skip the cornstarch. If you want your sauce to be thick, then combine the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and add it to the pan.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pan. Simmer, stirring occasionally for 20 more minutes. Allow to cool before transferring to a storage container. Sauce will last 1 week in the refrigerator.
    No Sugar Added Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe