Sriracha and Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce

It's easy and cheap to make BBQ sauce at home! This roasted garlic sriracha BBQ sauce takes umami flavor to the next level.
Course condiments, sauces
Cuisine gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan
Keyword sriracha roasted garlic bbq sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Total Yield 4 cups
Calories Per Serving 69 kcal
Author Yup, it's Vegan


  • 1 tsp neutral oil (I used grapeseed oil)
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1 clove fresh garlic minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup roasted garlic cloves loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 30 oz canned tomato sauce or tomato puree
  • 4 tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar; plus more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp sriracha (plus more to taste; or reduce if sensitive to heat)
  • 2 tbsp whiskey (optional)
  • 2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (or use gluten-free tamari or liquid aminos)
  • 1 tbsp prepared mustard
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce (see notes for substitutions)
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke


  1. Add a small drizzle of oil in the bottom of a saucepan over medium-high heat. When warm, add the diced onion and fresh garlic and stir. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the onion is softened and slightly browned. Add smoked paprika, cumin, and black pepper, stir, and cook for about 60 more seconds or until fragrant. Remove from the heat.

  2. Use a rubber spatula to add the saute mixture to a blender along with the roasted garlic cloves and apple cider vinegar. Blend until completely smooth, adding some of the tomato puree if needed to blend.

  3. Pour the blender mixture into a saucepan and and all of the rest of the ingredients, except for the liquid smoke. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a gentle simmer.
  4. Simmer the mixture for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the liquid smoke and taste for seasoning (like more sweetness, acidity, salt, or spices). If you want a super smooth sauce, you can blend it again in batches or with an immersion blender.
  5. Let the sauce cool completely before storing in the fridge (it's even better the next day!). Leftover BBQ sauce will keep for at least a week.

Recipe Notes

If you can't or don't want to get vegan Worcestershire sauce, use 1 tbsp additional soy sauce plus (if you have them) a pinch each of ground ginger, ground allspice, and ground nutmeg.

Nutrition Facts
Sriracha and Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 fourth cup)
Calories 69
% Daily Value*
Sodium 202mg 8%
Potassium 86mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 3%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.