Gluten Free Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Instead of using bottled sauce for my ribs I created a barbecue sauce recipe using agave syrup which is lower on the glycemic index. I used to make my mother’s old recipe, but she used brown sugar and ketchup. I adapted my mother’s recipe, but instead of using ketchup which is also full of sugar and salt, I used tomato paste. If you want a lower sodium sauce you can use low-sodium tomato paste. I added hickory smoke which gives it a great barbecue taste. I hope my husband enjoys this and you, too!

Gluten Free Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Yield: 2 cups

Gluten Free Barbecue Sauce Recipe


  • 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
  • extra virgin olive oil for sautéing
  • 1 (12 oz can) tomato paste
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/4 cup gluten free Worcestershire Sauce (Lea & Perins Original)
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons amber agave nectar or honey or sugar (depending upon taste)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon gluten free hickory seasoning liquid smoke (Wright's)
  • 65 turns of fresh black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Saute onion in a pre-heated, pre-oiled medium size sauce pan until translucent.
  2. Add all other ingredients and stir.
  3. Cover and lower heat to simmer and cook for about 1 hour 15 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately or store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for later use. Freezes well, too!

For a tomato-free barbecue sauce recipe see: Tomato Free, Gluten Free Barbecue Sauce Recipe.

7 Replies to “Gluten Free Barbecue Sauce Recipe”

  1. So if you wanted to make this with molasses instead of agave, how much do you think I should add? I do like my sauce a little sweeter and am not above adding brown sugar when the mood strikes.

    1. I haven’t experimented with molasses instead of agave, but if you do, I would use light flavored molasses. And because it is thicker than agave nectar, you may wish to add a little water if it thickens too much. Start with the half the amount of molasses and add more to taste. However, brown sugar would taste better. It really sounds like you need an entirely new recipe. Here’s one I found online that calls for both brown sugar and molasses: Just be sure you use a brand of tomato paste (Hunt’s, Del Monte, Trader Joe’s) and hickory smoke (Wright’s) that is gluten free.


  2. You can use agave nectar as the other choice to maple syrup or honey. Baking with agave nectar is same with when using traditional ingredients, but there are some rules you must observe in order to create good results. What is your favorite recipe for baking with agave nectar?

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