Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

This is a really simple, basic barbecue sauce. I don't see any need to buy bottled sauce when making it myself is so easy - this recipe uses typical pantry and fridge ingredients, and it tastes fantastic. Use as a glaze or dip for veggie burgers, chickenless nuggets, or - my favorite - grilled vegetables!


  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup agave nectar

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or garlic granules

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

  • habanero or red pepper flakes to taste (optional)


  1. Put all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

  2. Let the sauce simmer for 15-20 minutes.

  3. Enjoy!

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