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Homemade Barbecue Sauce, Quirky Cooking

Homemade barbecue sauce has so much more flavour than bought sauce. And I love that it doesn’t have to be full of sugar and additives. I often use the cherry tomatoes that grow wild in our backyard – a cheaper and healthier alternative to bought barbecue sauce!

This recipe is delicious on steak or chicken, or poured over meat and slow-cooked.  If you like it spicier, just add some more fresh chilli, or cayenne pepper.  If it’s the wrong season for plums, I just use some tinned ones; about four or five since they’re small.

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Barbecue Sauce
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  1. 4-5 heaped tablespoons tomato paste
  2. 100g balsamic vinegar
  3. 50g coconut sugar or 30g honey
  4. 2 tsp worchestershire sauce or tamari sauce
  5. 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  6. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  7. 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  8. 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  9. 2 tsp ground smoky paprika
  10. 2 tsp liquid smoke seasoning (opt.)
  11. 2 tsp sea salt
  12. freshly ground black pepper
  1. 950g fresh tomatoes (very ripe), halved
  2. 2-3 dark red plums, deseeded
  3. 150g red onion
  4. 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded
  5. 2 or 3 garlic cloves
  6. 1 red capsicum, halved
  7. 50g dates, pitted
  1. Weigh the veggies and plums into the Thermomix bowl and blend 30 sec/speed 9.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, mix on speed 6 for a few seconds, then cook 45 min/Varoma/speed 3, with the internal steaming basket on the lid instead of the MC. (This lets the steam out so that the sauce reduces, without letting it spit everywhere.)
  3. Blend 30 sec/speed 9.
  4. Pour into sterilized bottles or jars and keep in the fridge. Use within a month. For longer storage time, it is best to freeze.
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Note: To make without a Thermomix, you will need to puree the tomatoes first, then cut up all the vegetables (or chop in food processor), then place in a heavy based pot on the stove with all other ingredients and simmer (stirring occasionally) for 45 mins. Cool, then blend in batches in a blender until smooth.

Making barbecue sauce, Quirky Cooking


  1. Anonymous says:

    Thankyou Jo
    your blog and recipes are so inspiting.

    How long does this sauce last for once transferred to a glass jar? I presume it is to b ekept in the fridge?

    Linda K

    • Julie says:

      I put mine in sterilised jars and they last for months. I make a huge batch at the end of summer, when tomatoes are cheaper and have just run out in June. I turn the hot jars upside down as I fill them to seal them and place them in a cool room.

  2. Jo Whitton says:

    Thanks Linda ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, keep it in the fridge and it will last a few weeks – but if you’re worried you won’t use it quick enough, you could freeze half of it. Ours always runs out in a couple of weeks!

    • Amy says:

      Thanks for the idea to freeze jo were just a small family so I was worried how I would keep such a large quantity ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Anonymous says:

    BEST BBQ sauce Jo. John won’t have anything else !!


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  5. Anonymous says:

    Where can you buy liquid smoke seasoning from?


  6. Jo Whitton says:

    Yay, Sue-Ellen!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Lizz, you turn the jars upside down to seal them ๐Ÿ™‚

    Katie, you can buy it here:

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Do you have a non thermie method? I don’t have a thermomix ๐Ÿ™

  9. Jo Whitton says:

    I’ve just added the non-thermomix method for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Yvonne says:

    Love that you give us the non thermie recipe. My thermie days will come soon as I have put my dreams out into the universe. Love all the special info from everyone. Thanks

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’ve never made this bit glancing at the non-termie recipe. I would like to suggest, as a tomatoes sauce no thermie maker, I mouli the lot and then simmer. Much faster and easier than blanching, peeling and de-seeding.

  12. Jo Whitton says:

    Ahhh, thank you! Before I had a Thermomix I did the blanching, deseeding method, but I’ll put your method down as that sounds easier!

  13. Miss Trish says:

    You have cherry tomatoes growing wild in your backyard?! Lucky you!
    I’m adding this to my list of TM recipes to try…

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jo, thanks so much for great recipes, love your blog and that you include non-thermo recipes. Can’t wait to try this one out ๐Ÿ™‚ Deb

  15. carolyn russell says:

    Hi Jo

    Love your blogs, they have really enhanced my thermie experience.

    I have just made this sauce and have followed it to the tee with the exception of the liquid smoke seasoning and its a bit bland, I am not sure what I have done wrong. Would it be the omission of the liquid smoke seasoning. Is there anything I can do to correct retrospectively?

    Thaks so much Jo.


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  17. Kate says:

    Can I use plums from a tin?

  18. Ann-Maree says:

    I’m on a completely sugar free diet at the moment. This means no fruit at all so plums and dates are out, especially with the sugar content of the tomato paste. Will excluding those two things make a substantial difference to the flavour of the sauce?

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  20. Anna says:

    Dear Jo,

    Thank you so very much for all your delicious recipes. I made this barbecue sauce and the taste is very very good.
    I wish you a great And merry Christmas. I am looking forward to more recipes and stories from you.
    Take care and kind regards,
    Anna Bevaart

  21. Kate says:

    What quantity does this make??

  22. Althea says:

    This looks lovely. Where to do you locate liquid smoke and what is is made of?

  23. Kellie Hurkett says:

    Hi I normally make this recipe all the time and we love it. I am currently trying the FODMAP elimination diet for allergies. I was wondering if you think omitting the onion and garlic would have a huge impact on the flavour?

  24. Dannyelle says:

    Hi i dont have plums and they are not in season, is there a substitute i could use?

  25. Donna says:

    Jo, when plums aren’t in season, is there a replacement that you could suggest? So needing to get my 3 1/2 yo off of the store bought bbq sauce, and his dad โ˜บ too.

  26. Lisa says:

    I don’t have glass jars. Can I use a sauce bottle

  27. Lindal says:

    Would this be low carb? It would have to be lower than supermarket brands wouldn’t it?

  28. Rachel says:

    I have an abundance of yellow plums..can I substitute for the dark plums?? Will it only affect colour? Thanks! Super keen to try ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Elysia says:

    This sauce makes amazing pulled beef or pork.

  30. Mek says:

    Could you use tinned tomatoes if you couldn’t get free ones??

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