The Best Barbecue Sauce In The World

on Your Stovetop or in Your Instant Pot

A good barbecue sauce makes becoming plant-based an easier endeavor. You can prepare a wide variety of dishes with this sauce that make you forget you aren’t eating meat.  Added to veggie burger ingredients, it gives them a sweet and savory flavor with a hint of heat. This sauce is an indispensable ingredient in BBQ Jackfruit aka Vegan Pulled Pork. (See Instant Pot Vegan Pulled Pork.) It can also serve as a tangy spread for veggie burgers. Slather on vegetables and cook on a grill, or sear under a broiler flame. Do the same with Tofu, Tempe or Seitan, in strips or cutlets. They can then be enjoyed as a side or as the main ingredient of a vegetarian sandwich with oven fries and green vegetables on the side.

This recipe makes a large batch, suitable for an outdoor party. You may reduce the recipe in half if you prefer less. It freezes very well so I find it useful to save it in one or two cup Pyrex containers in my freezer so I can have it whenever I want to make a quick meal of pulled pork sandwiches or barbecued tofu. It is also excellent as a dip for oven fries. We love it so much, we use it up quickly, even though there are just the two of us in our household.

Whenever possible, I buy organic ingredients. In this recipe it is especially important as conventionally grown peppers may be extremely toxic,  likely having been heavily treated with pesticides. This concern applies particularly to hot peppers, which can be even more toxic than bell peppers. We tend to overlook this in seasonings, but there is no reason to believe that non-organic cayenne and chili powders are any less toxic just because they have been dried and ground into a powder. Always buy organic when purchasing any variety of pepper. Organic brown sugar is available in most grocery stores and easy to find. Organic molasses can be found at most large health food stores. I’ve not found a source for organic cocoa.

Watch this video to cook this on your stovetop:
Watch this video if you have an Instant Pot:

 

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The Best Barbecue Sauce In The World on Your Stovetop or in Your Instant Pot
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
A good barbecue sauce makes becoming plant-based an easier endeavor. You can prepare a wide variety of dishes with this sauce that make you forget you aren’t eating meat. Added to veggie burger ingredients, it gives them a sweet and savory flavor with a hint of heat.
Course: Quick & Easy, Sauces/Condiments
Cuisine: American Comfort Food
Servings: 5 cups
Ingredients
Fresh vegetables should be coarsly chopped:
  • 1 large onion about 3 cups
  • 3 cloves garlic smashed
  • ½ - ¾ cup celery about 2 stalks
  • 1 medium green bell pepper
  • 1 medium roasted red pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest minced, may substitute 1 drop orange oil
Prepared ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 six-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 14-ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses unsulfured organic
  • 1/2-3/4 cup water as needed for thinning
Spices:
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or organic Thai chili pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder blend
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
Instructions
Stovetop:
  1. Sauté all fresh vegetables until soft and translucent. Set aside and allow to cool.
  2. Combine spices and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large carafe of a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, or in several batches in a traditional blender, blend tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar and molasses until smooth. Add sautéed vegetables and spice mixture, and blend until it reaches a consistency you like. I like mine smooth, you may prefer more texture.
  4. Return to sauté pan. Cover and cook on medium-low to medium heat for 15 minutes.
Instant Pot:
  1. Sauté all fresh vegetables in your Instant Pot until soft and translucent. Set aside and allow to cool.
  2. Combine spices and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large carafe of a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, or in several batches in a traditional blender, blend tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar and molasses until smooth. Add sautéed vegetables and spice mixture, and blend until it reaches a consistency you like. I like mine smooth, you may prefer more texture.
  4. Return to Instant Pot. Set on Manual, High, O Minutes. Release pressure with Instant Release.
Recipe Notes

Below are the equipment and products I used in this recipe. Click on the photo to order yours through my affiliate link with Amazon.com, for which I receive a small advertising fee. Please visit my Store for more information.

All-Clad 5-Ply Stainless Cookware

This is a good basic set that will serve most of your needs.

This is an extra piece of All-Clad I have found very useful. It is not a part of a set.

Instant Pot - 8qt, 6qt, & 3qt


Vitamix 5200 Blender

 

Bamboo Stirring Utensil

Organic Chili Powder, 1 lb

 

Organic Chili Powder

Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Boyajian Pure Orange Oil

1oz Glass Bottles with Glass Eye Dropper, 6 pk

Unsulphured Organic Molasses

 

Frontier Herb Organic Ground Turmeric Root, 1 lb

Simply Organic Cayenne Pepper

Frontier Organic Ceylon Cinnamon, 1 lb

 

 

Simply Organic Ceylon Cinnamon

 

Simply Organic Ground Cloves

 

 

Frontier Organic Garlic Granules, 1lb

Simply Organic Granulated Garlic

 

 

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