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Substitute for BBQ sauce what you think? The combination of barbecue sauce and various BBQ styles is great. Some of these food styles rely on this component. BBQ sauce has the ability to be used in many ways, from a sauce to a sauce to a sauce to a sauce to a sauce to a sauce to a sauce to a sauce to a sauce to a sauce to a sauce.

You are able to use it for one, two, or all three purposes at the same time. If you can’t access BBQ sauce, you may be able to get something else. It’s possible to use a substitute in such a situation. 

Homemade sauces

Many BBQ sauce lovers don’t know that there are alternatives to BBQ sauce. In this article, you will be informed of the various alternatives for BBQ sauce, and you can use it without a barbecue sauce. It is possible that you need to keep reading for insight.

Healthier Alternatives to BBQ Sauce?

1. Make Your Own BBQ Sauce

There are two kinds of BBQ sauce are popular all over the States, tomato based & mustard base sauce. Some fresh tomato (tomato paste) from garden or have some mustard in a pot to make sauce.

Tomato ketchup, 1 table spoon brown sugar, apple cider vinegar and some spices like grounded black pepper that’s it. If available 1 teaspoon garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke can increase the taste of sauce. 

As per taste preference sweetness or spiciness can be increase or reduced. Smoky paprika can give extra smoky flavor in this bbq sauce.

Blend them together and cook the mixture in medium heat for 10 minutes or until it thicken. Use the sauce on half cooked chicken and store the rest in airtight container. Homemade barbecue sauce is healthier than store bought.

2. Hoisin sauce

This sauce mostly used in Vietnamese cooking and also Chinese meat dishes are incomplete without hoisin sauce glaze. The sauce ingredients are really healthy, require only sesame paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, chili powder and vinegar. Mix them together and cook on medium heat. 

The sauce tastes almost like ancient bbq sauce though different ingredients are used. This sauce is available in Asian market or any grocery, easy to collect if you don’t have time to make. Chinese claim hoisin sauce is their invention but it’s difficult to find. As substitute for bbq sauce Hoisin sauce really contrive for barbecue.

3. Plum Sauce

Plum sauce is another substitute of bbq sauce. Red plum give a nice color of the sauce. Take some red plum cut the flesh, add some sugar, apple cider vinegar or plan vinegar, garlic clove, Chinese flavor spice, cinnamon, ginger, salt cook them for 15-20 minutes.

After blending the sauce watch the consistency, if it’s not thick enough then add some potato starch or corn flour (by mixing with water). Again put on the flame for 5 minutes.  

Plum sauce

The sauce is ready to serve with fried dish or any kind of usage. May be yellow plum is available to make this sauce them adding red food color will give nice color of your sauce. Everybody prefers homemade sauce because it’s healthy. This sauce can be use alternative of bbq sauce.

4. Root Beer Sauce for Ribs | Substitute for bbq Sauce

Root bear sauce is also use for condiment of fried foods or in bbq. How to make root bear sauce?


  • 4 Cups Root Beer of your choice (store bought)
  • ½ Cup Sugar and 1Teaspoon Molasses or ½ Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 2 Cups Ketchup 
  • 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger 
  • 2 Teaspoons Black Pepper (Freshly Cracked) 
  • 2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt


Boil four cups root bear until it become two cups. Take the ingredients into a pan and mix root bears, cook on medium flame. Continuously stir and wait for desire thickness, but over cooking will more intense the flavors of ingredients. Desire consistency is really important for all kinds of sauce.  

5. Dijon Maple Sauce


  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup or sugar-free maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard no sugar added, organic if possible
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • Mayonnaise


  • Stir brown sugar into maple syrup to melt then place the pan on medium-high heat and cook until it become thicken. 
  • Cool it then combine Dijon mustard and mayonnaise with reduced syrup. Store in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts using maple syrup (per serving, recipe makes 4 servings): 10 g total carbs, 45 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g protein, 0 g fiber (10 g net carbs)

6. White Sauce | How to make BBQ White Sauce


  • All purpose flour
  • Butter
  • Liquid Milk
  • Salt
  • Black pepper


Melt the butter in low flame and add flour slowly, then add pepper and salt. Stir the flour until all combine then add milk and stir fast, keep the flame medium low. Wait till sauce consistency become thick.

White sauce and hot tomato sauce could be use as substitute for BBQ sauce. Since years ago, Alabama people use white sauce to make barbecue. 

Simple Substitute for BBQ Sauce

You can make your own bbq sauce at if you have ingredients at home. According to your taste buds add ingredients and make your sauce. What kinda taste you perceive it’s up to you, choice is yours.

How to thicken bbq sauce?

Accidentally homemade sauce become thick or thin, if that happen follow the below tips to thicken your sauce.  

Simmering: The simplest thickening method is simmer. Pour your sauce into a pan and cook until the excess liquid evaporates. Let it cool and store in a jar.

Flour/corn starch: Mix 2/3 tablespoon of flour/corn starch with ¼ cup of water in a pan add your bbq sauce. Then simmer until achieve required thickness.

There is another way to thicken your bbq sauce, by adding tasty agent you can thicken your sauce. Tasty agent will give your sauce thickness and improve its flavor also. If you think tasty agent will completely change sauce flavor, then you can try it with little amount of bbq sauce. 

Heavy Cream: Natural sources heavy cream add intense richness into your sauce. Add it to your sauce and simmer to the desire thickness.

Butter/coconut cream or oil: Homemade or organic butter has a balanced water and fat it creates creamy consistency. Add butter/coconut cream into bbq sauce and simmer until it become thick.

How To Thin Out Barbecue Sauce?

Bourbon or Rum/Apple Cider Vinegar/Citrus Juice/Fruit Liquor/Chicken or Beef Broth/Beer mix one of these with your sauce and simmer till boil.

How to Thin Tomato Based BBQ Sauces?

Very quick and straightforward procedure is using ketchup into your tomato based bbq sauce. Must be careful while adding thinner agent, once you make the sauce excess thin then you’ve to thicken again. 

Follow measurement 2:1; it means two cups of sauce and one cup of ketchup, mix thoroughly to achieve required thickness and consistency. 


Always using one sauce may boring and my preference to use different kind of sauce for BBQ. Our taste bud always love to taste something new. I think this article can help you out using from just one kind BBQ sauce. I know everyone like the smoky flavor in BBQ and burning coal can help in this case. By making homemade BBQ sauce could be avoided Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke. 


Q: What can I use instead of barbecue sauce?
A: Dipping sauce can be use for bbq sauce.
Q: What is the healthiest bbq sauce?
A: Homemade BBQ sauce are healthier than store bought.
Q: Is BBQ sauce made with ketchup?
A: Yes, ketchup made sauce is more yammy than tomato paste.
Q: How to store homemade bbq sauce?
A: Any kind of homemade food that you want to store for long time, keep into freeze. Because we do not use any preservative, in our homemade food.

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