No Tomato Ketchup Barbecue Sauce Recipe!

Hi there!

I have been looking everywhere for a great barbecue sauce recipe which doesn’t contain tomato ketchup as an ingredient because really?

Tomato ketchup already has salt, sugar and all that jazz in it and each brand is different so a recipe surely wouldn’t be good for just any ketchup would it?

Plus ketchup is expensive and if you have a sauce already in your cupboard, why not use that instead?

So after looking through loads of recipes saying to use tomato ketchup and thoroughly having my logic circuits fried, I found this one which tastes fantastic and is as simple as…….sauce?

You can keep the sauce chunky as I prefer to or whiz it up and create a smooth sauce.

Either way it is absolutely delicious as a base sauce for a pizza and makes a change from the usual tomato.

I topped my barbecue sauce pizza with bacon, mushrooms and mozzarella!

Bacon & Mushroom Barbecue Sauce Pizza

No ketchup barbecue sauce
Serves 5-6

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small onion, finely chopped
400g can tinned plum tomatoes in natural juice
85g brown sugar
3 tablespoons malt vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcester sauce
1 tablespoon tomato purée
Salt as needed


Remove the tomatoes from the tin, keeping the juice for later and chop them up finely, removing the stringy cores.

Heat the olive oil in a medium sized saucepan and add in the onion, cooking until they are softened.

Add in the finely chopped tomatoes and the juice.

Add in the brown sugar, tomato purée, Worcester sauce and malt vinegar and stir thoroughly.

Season with salt to taste and stir.

Bring to the boil and then simmer on a medium/low heat, stirring occasionally until very thick, about 20-30 minutes.

Blend if a smooth consistency is desired then leave to cool and when at room temperature place in a container in the fridge until chilled.


It’s great with southern fried chicken and nachos too!

Barbecue Sauce Nachos

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3 thoughts on “No Tomato Ketchup Barbecue Sauce Recipe!

  1. I agree, it always weirds me out when I see recipes that have a big cheat ingredient in it.

    I saw a recipe for coleslaw not so long ago that included 2 bags of coleslaw in the ingredients! If I had 2 bags of coleslaw, I would not be looking for a recipe on how to make coleslaw!

    I sometimes make my own ketchup using fresh tomatoes. I couldn’t believe the number of recipes that required pre-made sauce to make ketchup!


    • Wow, how ridiculous!

      I’m not sure if the people making these “recipes” think they’re “sneaky” or “clever” or even worse, that the people reading them think they are but it’s just silly and in no way is it even cooking in my eyes!

      I saw a “recipe” in a food magazine a while back for a baked potato.
      One of the ingredients was a frozen ready to microwave baked potato…really?!?!
      It’s not like the same can’t be done in the microwave with a normal potato if you want to be lazy.

      I think it’s pretty much a case of the blind leading the blind!

      If you can’t cook, please don’t give advise on it!


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