Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce

Mmmm look at those burgers… the recipe for these babies will be coming in a couple of days. Ooo they’re delicious!

I’m behind on so many chores it’s unbelievable.

Vacuuming? Nah, it can wait, I’m making cookies!

Cleaning the toilet? Nope, can’t do it now, I’m whipping up some muffins!

Making the bed? I’ll do it in a sec, just have to have some baked french toast!

Story of my life.

So, last night I put a load of laundry in the washer to try and catch up.

In the morning, before going to the kitchen, I went to the laundry room to move the clothes over to the dryer. Easy enough.

What was the first thing to come jumping out of the washer when I opened the door? My iPod earphones! I’ve been looking everywhere for them!

ugh. There goes another pair.

At least it wasn’t my iPod!

May I remind you that I woke up yesterday to a wrecked sock?

Can’t a girl get a break?

Mmmm barbecue sauce. That’ll do the trick.

Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free

A deep tasting, thick, and sweet barbecue sauce, perfect for burgers! Making your own barbecue sauce is not only better for your health [less sugar, 0 corn] it’s also cheaper than the store bought stuff!


  • 1/2 cup apple butter – apple sauce can be used as well, sauce will be a bit thinner
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan rock salt


  1. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and heat over low heat for 30 minutes.
  2. Use immediately, or allow to cool before storing in a glass container.

Makes 15oz [just under 1 cup]. Can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 month.

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  1. I don’t eat barbecue sauce that often (never bought a bottle) but it does taste delcious! I don’t have any molasses though. Is that what gives BBQ sauce it’s distinct flavor? I’m thinking I’ll end up with tomato-flavored apple sauce if I try this without it…

    • I’ve tried a couple of homemade BBQ sauces without molasses and didn’t like them as much. You can try to use agave, and then add in more deep spices, like smoked paprika, Saigon cinnamon, and those sorts of things.

  2. Leanne, I’ve recently found out I’m allergic to tomatoes (a big bummer, since my allergy list was already long enough). Any suggestions for a substitution or alteration to make a tomato-free BBQ sauce? Thanks for all the wonderful recipes! I love coming to the site and finding new things to try and making old favourites.

  3. i have ben trying to buy less condiments as they just sit in the fridge over the winter when we are not bbq-ing. this is perfect and i have all those ingredients in the house right now. pulled pork this weekend!!!
    any suggestions for relish?
    BTW- i use your vegan cream cheese as a mayo and base for most dips. it is genius!!

    • Yum! You’ll have to let me know how you like it, Joanne. Not too sure on the relish… I get mine at the health food store and go through a jar a week!

  4. Hi Leanne
    I’m in Australia and am not familiar with some of the items you list in your ingredients. Most of the time I can figure out what it’s called here or find a suitable substitute but can you tell me what apple butter is? I’m taking that it’s not actually mashed apple and butter!
    Many thanks
    PS my friend’s hubby has just gone Paleo which was a learning curve for me, so I’ve sent her your website link ;)

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