BBQ sauce

BBQ sauce

10 min
Sweet, tangy and hot – just like a good barbecue sauce should be. Try serving it with beef, chicken, pork or a piece of grilled salmon.


  • Sauté the garlic in butter and rapeseed oil in a small saucepan.
  • Add the other ingredients and cook for about 3 minutes. Leave to cool. If the barbecue sauce is a little too runny, you can thicken it slightly with some corn starch.
  • Ready!

BBQ sauce

How long does BBQ sauce last?
With a sauce this versatile, it's easy to make sure that nothing is wasted. Once your BBQ sauce has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to a jar or other container with an air-tight lid. Then store it in the fridge for up to six weeks. Chances are that the sauce will come to use much faster than that.
Is BBQ sauce gluten-free?
If you want to avoid gluten, you mainly need to keep an eye on grains such as wheat and oats. This sauce is gluten-free because it's made without any grain-based thickener. However, many BBQ sauces are made with Worcestershire sauce as an ingredient, which does contain gluten. Ifyou want to make sure that your sauce is gluten free, there is no better way than to make your own.
Why is it called BBQ?
BBQ is simply another way of writing barbecue based on the similar-sounding pronunciation of the three letters. BBQ sauce is any sauce that people think goes particularly well with barbecued meat and vegetables, as a marinade or condiment. You will find a great variety of BBQ sauces in stores, with different combinations of heat, sweetness, acidity, and spices. To find your favourite, try sauces from different cultures and cuisines: American, Korean, Brazilian – there's a whole world of BBQ flavours to explore.
What does BBQ taste like?
BBQ flavour is determined partly by the culture and cuisine that it represents, and partly by the different styles within that cuisine. Sometimes it will be smoky, rich, and hot. Other times brighter and fruitier. A common trait is the combination of sweetness, tanginess, and various aromatics and spices in a BBQ sauce. Sweetness can come from honey, sugar, or fruit pulp. Acidity is often added through vinegar or citrus juice. As for aromatics and spices, you will often find onion, garlic, cumin, chilli, and herbs such as parsley, basil, and oregano in a BBQ sauce.


Garlic cloves, chopped
Butter and rapeseed oil
1 tbsp
Tomato ketchup
100 ml
Icing sugar
1 tbsp
2 tbsp
Sambal oelek
1 tsp
Ground cumin
1 tsp

Heaps of flavour, tailored for the grill but just as welcome in a dressing or a dipping sauce. By making your own BBQ sauce, you can control exactly what goes in and what stays out.

A quick and easy BBQ sauce for a last-minute barbecue

When you get a sudden urge to fire up the grill, this recipe is a life saver. With just a few, simple ingredients and a brief session at the hob, you'll get a genuine BBQ sauce to use for marinating, basting, and as a condiment when serving your favourite barbecue dish. It goes equally well with meat, veggies, mushrooms or whatever you prefer to put on the grill. Still have sauce left over after your BBQ? Try drizzling the sauce on pizza, tacos, burgers, or hot dogs – or add it to your next stew for an extra kick of flavour.

Use BBQ sauce as a marinade

With its deep, sweet, and subtly tangy flavour, this BBQ sauce is perfect for marinating meat or vegetables before grilling. To marinate, pour the sauce in a sealable bag or container, add the ingredients you want to marinate and massage, then stir or gently shake to cover every surface in sauce. Place the bag or container in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight until the BBQ flavours have gotten a firm hold on your food. Just be careful not to over-marinate, as the acids in the sauce can render the meat a bit dry and mushy.

Tips for a quick and tasty BBQ dressing or dip

You can make an easy BBQ dressing to go with a Tex-Mex salad or any family meal. Simply whisk together a squeeze of lemon juice with a dash of vinegar, then add honey, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Finish with a dollop of your sauce and give the dressing a final whisk to combine. To turn your BBQ sauce into a creamy dipping sauce for potato chips or crisps, simply stir a dollop into a small bowl of sour cream, adding a tablespoon of mayonnaise if you want.