Barbecue sauce is an American staple. You might know it best when it comes to barbecuing meat , but it’s a delicious addition to any meal. We don’t consider a burger truly done without vegan barbecue sauce – whether it’s a soy burger, bean burger or something else entirely!
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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!
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. To learn more about this topic, look at our post on sugar.
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!
Hey! I’m Michelle and I write product reviews for ThriveCuisine.com. I’m always preparing healthy / plant based foods and I’ve developed a knack for helping people get the best bang for their buck.