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Easy Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce

Perfect blend between sweet and tangy with a hint of spice that is finger licking good! Slather it on fish, chicken, vegetables, pizzas, or even tofu!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course sauces
Cuisine Indian Fusion
Servings 2 cups


  • 1 onion diced red or white
  • 1 4 in ginger, peeled/minced or shredded or 1 tbsp store-bought ginger paste
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 serrano or jalapeno pepper, deseeded/minced
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne or chili powder
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup honey or brown sugar substitute maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp ground mustard
  • 2-3 tbsp tamarind paste, concentrated
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • salt to taste


  • Heat large sauce pan over medium heat. Add olive oil and saute onions until translucent. Add garlic, ginger, serrano pepper, and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add in dry spices/cinnamon stick to toast for a minute except ground mustard.
  • Add in tomato paste for a minute then add in tomato sauce, molasses, honey, worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, salt, and ground mustard. Bring to a boil and decrease heat to low and cover. Let it simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  • Adjust seasonings accordingly. Blend in blender or use immersion blender. Make sure to remove cinnamon stick before blending.


  • Use equal parts of lime and brown sugar as substitute for tamarind concentrate or
  • Citrus marmalade or 
  • Pomegranate molasses
  • Try it on fish, chicken, vegetables, tofu, pizza, ribs, pulled pork, and even in egg burritos! 
Keyword bbq sauce