A piece of roasted potato is dipping in a white bowl containing homemade BBQ ketchup.
Sauce and dip

Homemade BBQ ketchup – Easy and healthy

This delicious homemade BBQ ketchup is too easy to make not to try! It is slightly sweet with a hint of smokiness, swap it for regular ketchup for a healthier alternative. Made within 15 minutes, free of refined sugar and vegan.

Ketchup is one of the most popular condiments in America. And for a good reason: it has that perfect balance of sweet-tangy-sour flavors that is totally irresistible when eating french fries or any potatoes, really. Our mini taste specialist 4 year old son will easily agree with this. Especially when eating this French Canadian style Shepherd’s pie, he could eat the whole bowl of the smoky sauce to himself!

Making your own ketchup is so satisfying. You can control what goes in it (ie: to avoid high fructose corn syrup) and it’s easier to make than you think. My version has a hint of smoky flavor for a fun and unique twist on the classic sauce.

A few pieces of roasted potato are lying beside a white bowl containing homemade BBQ ketchup

How to make this homemade BBQ ketchup

To make this sauce, you will simply gather all the ingredients in a small pot and warm the mixture on the stove for about 10 minutes. Then, you can eat the sauce while still warm or let it cool down before enjoying.

It is simple, healthy and only common ingredients are needed.

What you will need to make this smoky ketchup sauce

The base is made with simple canned tomato paste. Then, you will also need maple syrup, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce (check the label for a vegan sauce), onion powder, garlic powder and dijon mustard.

The smoky taste is brought by liquid smoke. This ingredient might be new to you, but I assure you that it is easy to find in any grocery store. You will only need a small amount to make this sauce since its taste is very concentrated.

A few pieces of roasted potato are lying beside a white bowl containing homemade BBQ ketchup

How to store this homemade BBQ ketchup?

It will stay good in the fridge in an air tight glass container for about a week.

This recipe makes about 1 cup of sauce. So, if you are planning on eating this ketchup more than once during the week or you are serving it to many people, plan on making more.

What to eat with this sauce?

– As a dipping sauce for these Chickpea and spinach croquettes
– Homemade french fries or roasted potatoes
Lentil shepherd’s pie
– Add it to burgers, like these Pinto bean vegan burgers

I hope you will love this homemade BBQ ketchup as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment and let me know how it was.

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Homemade BBQ ketchup

This tasty homemade BBQ ketchup is made within 15 minutes and is a great healthy alternative to the store bought sauces. No refined sugar added and vegan.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Low in fat, Vegan
Servings: 1 cup
Author: plantbasedjess


  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder


  • In a small pot, combine all the ingredients together and mix well with a whisk.
  • Bring to a gentle boil, then turn down the heat to medium. Keep to a low simmer for about 1-2 minute whisking constantly.
  • Remove from the heat. Enjoy warm or cold.
  • Store in the fridge in an air thight glass container for a week.

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