Gluten-Free Barbecue Sauce

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 1 1/2 pints
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
115 Calories
0g Fat
28g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 115
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 397mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 14mg 68%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 302mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Commercial barbecue sauce can be a source of added gluten, as flour and modified corn starch are often used as thickeners, but making your own homemade barbecue sauce is fast and easy. This gluten-free barbecue sauce recipe makes a thick all-purpose sauce that's not too sweet or too hot—a sauce that everyone can enjoy. A basic sauce, taking about 15 minutes to make, you can also jazz it up with some of your own variations or take a look at our suggestions below. 

This thick, tangy, and slightly sweet barbecue sauce is much better tasting (and without the added preservatives too) than storebought. You will want to use it on grilled chicken, ribs, pulled pork, burgers, or brats. It is also a good dipping sauce for gluten-free chicken tenders or some people enjoy it on some grilled veggies or gluten-free fries.​


  • 1/2 cup gluten-free ketchup

  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup gluten-free Worcestershire sauce, Lea and Perrins made in the U.S. is gluten free

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1/4 teaspoon celery powder, not celery salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine all of the ingredients—gluten-free ketchup, tomato sauce, vinegar, pineapple juice, brown sugar, gluten-free Worcestershire sauce, water, chopped onion, celery powder, and paprika—in a heavy, medium-sized saucepan.

  3. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for about 10 minutes.

  4. Let the sauce cool, then place in an airtight container or Mason jar, and store in the refrigerator.


  • Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans, and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.

Recipe Variations

  • Spice up the heat of this barbecue sauce with a bit of cayenne pepper or dried chile pepper.  
  • You can also add other spices such as garlic powder, oregano, or parsley for additional flavor. 

How to Store

  • After this gluten-free barbecue sauce has cooled down, store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container or Mason jar, where it will last for up to two weeks.

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