Is Barbecue Sauce Vegan? (And 6+ Vegan-Friendly BBQ Sauce Brands)

Barbecue sauce -- it's is an American staple. You might know it best when it comes to barbecuing meat , however it’s a delicious addition to any meal. But is bbq sauce vegan? Are there vegan bbq sauce brands? Let's find out...

vegan bbq sauce brands

Stick around and you'll learn...

  • Is BBQ Sauce even vegan?
  • The best vegan bbq sauces you can find online
  • Brands you're most likely to encounter in the grocery stores
  • Is the sugar in BBQ sauce vegan?
  • How you can quickly and easily make your own.

Is Barbecue Sauce vegan?

Luckily, most barbecue sauces tend to be vegan; it’s pretty easy to find vegan products at the supermarket. The main thing you’re going to want to look out for in these sauces is honey*, which many consider not to be vegan. Some brands also include sardines or anchovies in their barbecue sauces, but these are much more rare.

*Honey is a controversial topic within the world of veganism - don't sweat it too much if you're still trying to eliminate all other animal products from your diet.

Best Vegan Barbecue Sauce Brands Available Online

Since many barbecue sauces are actually already vegan, we chose some of the most popular sauces that also happen to be vegan to list here. There’s plenty to try!

Simple Girl Carolina Style BBQ Sauce is a low calorie, sugar free, diabetic-friendly sauce that’s designed for people looking for a “lighter” sauce, or those who are trying not to consume excess calories.

Simple Girl Organic Carolina Kick BBQ Sauce - 12oz - Low Calorie - Sugar-Free Diabetic/Vegan Friendly - Gluten/Fat/MSG Free - Vinegar Based - Compatible with Most Diet Plans

Head Country Bar-B-Q Sauce is a classic style sauce that has a good balance of all of the typical BBQ sauce flavors: Sweet, Smoke, and Spice. Renowned for a few decades, it’s a classic sauce that you can’t go wrong with – and happens to be vegan! Even though it has Worcestershire sauce, the version they use doesn’t have any anchovies!

Head Country Bar-B-Q Sauce, Original, 160 Ounce

Capital City’s Mambo Sauce is a sweet, sticky sauce ideal for marinating.

Capital City Mild Mambo Sauce - A Washington DC Wing Sauce (12 oz); Perfect for wings, chicken, pork, beef, and seafood (12 FL OZ)

One of the most popular brands of barbecue sauce, Sweet Baby Ray’s, also has a vegan offering: their Original Barbecue Sauce.

Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce 2/40 Ounce

Kraft also has a couple online; their Hickory Smoke Barbecue Sauce, Original Barbecue Sauce, and Sweet Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce are all vegan and can all be found on Amazon.

Kraft Barbecue Sauce Slow-Simmered Sauce, Hickory Smoke, 17.5 Ounce

Finally, Stonewall Kitchen has two vegan options: their classic Organic Smoky Maple Barbecue Sauce, and a more unusual Raspberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce – perfect if you’re looking for a new flavor.

Stonewall Kitchen Organic Smoky Maple Barbecue Sauce, 11 oz.

Vegan Barbecue Sauce Brands You Can Buy In-Stores

There are few brands of specifically vegan barbecue sauce, probably because there are so many accidentally vegan options. Most common brands are primarily vegan, and it’s usually only their honey-flavored options that aren’t. You also need to look out for Worcestershire sauce on labels.

Three Common Brands You're Likely to Find

Jack Daniel’s barbecue sauce is all vegan except for their Tennessee Honey sauce (which is clearly indicated on their website). Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue range is all vegan except for Honey and Honey Chipotle. Kraft is all vegan except their Sweet Honey and Mesquite Smoke options. And Stubb’s much-loved Bar-B-Q sauces are all vegan except Smoky Mesquite and Honey Pecan.

These should all be fairly easy to find at any supermarket; they’re some of the most popular sauces for omnivores, too!

What About the Sugar in Vegan BBQ Sauce?

You may have heard that some sugar may be processed with animal products. We recommend that unless you're buying your own bagged sugar at the store not to worry about this. Odds are, the manufacturer won't be able to trace it and the actual suffering caused to animals is dubious at best.

How to Make Your Own at Home

Let's face it - it's always more cost effective to make your own at home in bulk and store it for later. Plus it gives you the opportunity to use the highest quality ingredients should you so choose.

It’s pretty easy to make barbecue sauce at home as its just a matter of combining the ingredients, simmering, and waiting for the flavors to develop. The video above is a super simple vegan recipe that shows you exactly how to do so!

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