Gluten Free BBQ Sauce—Texas Style

Gluten Free BBQ Sauce—Texas Style

Updated April 24, 2018.

Our favorite gluten free BBQ sauce is authentic Texas style--thick, glossy and bold!

In Texas, great barbecue sauces are the secret to award winning food.

Step back in time for a moment with me. . . 

. . . Imagine the old southwest cattle drive, a team of oxen hitched to a chuck wagon, and the sun beating down on “Cookie”, the original pit master, who swipes the sweat from his brow with the back of his sleeve as he stirs a pot of beans over hot coals.

No rotisserie or spit-barbecue for him.

He was the original outdoor cook and creator of some of the best barbecued foods in the country.

“Cookie” turned out satisfying grub busting with bodacious flavors, trail tested and cow puncher approved. . . 

. . . Fast forward to today.

Like “Cookie” you don’t need a charcoal or gas-fired grill to enjoy the smoky flavors of an outdoor BBQ pit-style cookout.  Just add gluten free BBQ sauce to your next meal.

Apply this exceptional brush-on to impart traditional slow cooked flavor and you will realize a cooking success that will make you look like a grilling expert.

This handy no-cook gluten-free BBQ sauce is so delicious and easy to make it will become your favorite go-to sauce.

A Hardy Sauce Requires Strong Flavors

Using molasses as the sweetener of choice in this sauce increases the nutritive value of the tomato base (ketchup in this recipe), while adding a robust depth of flavor difficult to capture with other sweeteners.

Depth of flavor is an important attribute in a great sauce.

In barbecue sauces, depth is created not only with the choice of sweeteners, but also with flavor enhancers, for example soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce, and onion or garlic.

The hallmark of a good barbecue sauce is the tart note produced by vinegar and mustard ingredients to balance sweetness along with the “bite” made from the addition of hot spices, such as peppers and chilies.

Because of the kinds of ingredients composing the mixture, this is a sauce that gets even better with age. 

Change-up Flavor Nuances

Become a Connoisseur of Fine Foods

Experiment with different ingredients.  Slight changes to flavor can be made with different versions of the same base ingredients, such as sweeteners, vinegars, mustards and flavor enhancers.

Add Some Spice to Your Life

Spice up your barbecue sauce by adding cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg or cloves, or include all these warm spices at once.

Freshen Up

Use chopped grilled onions, roasted garlic, bloomed fresh grated spices, sautéed herbs, peppers and chilies from the garden.

Turn Up the Heat

Replace Tabasco Pepper Sauce with Jalapeno, Chipotle or Habanero sauces of the same brand and add more than the recipe calls for. Leave a bottle on the table for family and guests to customize their own flavor and heat.  Consider increasing the chili powder and add ground cayenne or smoked Paprika.

Travel South-of-the-Border

Go Mexican.  Replace the vinegar with lime juice and add plenty of chopped fresh cilantro.  Increase chili powder and add some ground cumin.

Savor the Caribbean

Use pineapple juice instead of vinegar and replace molasses with brown sugar.  Add a pinch of allspice and a touch of naturally gluten-free dark rum.

Experience the Essence of Asia

Impart more subtle tones by using a gluten-free soy sauce or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, instead of Worcestershire sauce. Replace the apple cider vinegar with rice wine vinegar.  Use white sugar instead of molasses.  Add a little sesame oil, perhaps a pinch of turmeric and a sprinkle of fresh ground black pepper.  Stir in some minced fresh ginger and garlic.

How to Use Gluten Free BBQ Sauce

Slather Gluten Free BBQ Sauce on foods during the last few minutes of cooking and pass some around at the supper table.

Replace ketchup with barbecue sauce as a condiment or as an ingredient in recipes, such as baked beans or meatloaf.

Use as a dipping sauce for your favorite meats and vegetables, such as kebabs or French fries.

Make it the sauce of choice for pulled meat sandwiches.

Substitute barbecue sauce for other tomato-based sauces such a pizza sauce or marinara.

The flavor just gets better with age.

Gluten Free BBQ Sauce—Texas Style

Gluten Free BBQ Sauce—Texas Style
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Time:  about 30 minutes

Servings:  2 cups


  • 1 cup gluten-free ketchup
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. Liquid Smoke
  • ¼ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. Tabasco Pepper Sauce


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients. 
  2. Let stand for 20 minutes to allow flavors to come together.  
  3. Can be served warmed or chilled.

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