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Texas Style Barbecue Sauce, vegan, vegetarian, whole food plant based, gluten free, recipe, wfpb, healthy, oil free, no refined sugar, no oil, refined sugar free, dinner, side, side dish, dairy free

Texas Style Barbecue Sauce

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1.75 Cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: American


Our homemade Texas Style Barbecue Sauce is spicy, smoky and has just enough sweet tang to win the kids over. It’s a fabulous healthy, delicious, and simple barbecue sauce that is sure to please! A fabulous Whole Food Plant Based recipe. Vegan, Oil free, refined sugar free, gluten free, no highly processed ingredients.


  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons molasses (or black strap molasses)
  • 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup 100% pure organic maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke

Herb/Spice Ingredients: 

  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle powder
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (+/- to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (+/- to taste)


  1. Add all the ingredients into a medium sized saucepan, stir to incorporate. Cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.  Stir frequently.
  2. Lower the stove temperature to low and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes to thicken the sauce.
  3. Remove from the heat, serve immediately or cool to room temperature and refrigerate until ready for use.

Makes:  1 ¾ cup of barbecue sauce.