Spoiler alert: you don’t have to just have this chunky BBQ sauce at barbecues!

This recipe for a chunky BBQ sauce has been a winner for me at so many get-togethers with family and friends. In fact, I usually have people begging to know what’s in it and how difficult it is to make. Of course, you can stick to a shop-bought version, but it is likely much higher in calories and additives as well as more expensive. 

How this bbq sauce is made

A really simple sauce to make using tinned chopped tomatoes, fresh red onion, Henderson’s Relish, balsamic vinegar, garlic, sweetener and mustard powder, this easy chunky BBQ sauce can be enjoyed in a number of ways.

Firstly, I really enjoy it as a dip with Pringles (guilty pleasure!), lightly salted tortilla chips, cucumber sticks, carrot batons and slices of yellow or red pepper. However, I do also enjoy it, as the name suggests, with a barbecue.

As you know, I’m a veggie and have been most of my life, so dipping a Quorn sausage (other brands are available) into it adds a luscious depth of flavour. My family are also big fans of Hunter’s chicken, which you can use this sauce for. If you have fussy eaters, it does also blend nicely, too.

Balsamic vinegar
Balsamic vinegar

What is Henderson’s Relish?

Most Northerners won’t need to ask that question, but for everyone else, Henderson’s Relish is a table sauce that has been produced in Sheffield since the 19th century. Similar to Worcestershire sauce, this sauce is versatile and a great addition to many dishes, including spaghetti Bolognese, lasagne, winter casseroles, hearty stews and even cheese on toast. It is both Vegan and gluten-free, so ticks a lot of boxes as well as being tasty. Bonus points!

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For other healthy dips check out my dips guide full of other dip recipes and ideas.

selection of dips and crudites
Selection of dips with crudites

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Chunky bbq sauce

Easy Chunky BBQ Sauce recipe

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Large bowl
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Dips
  • Diet: Low Calorie


An easy tasty chunky BBQ sauce recipe perfect for a dip or to accompany any meal



400g chopped tomatoes

1 red onion (finely diced)

5 tbsp Henderson’s Relish

3 tbsp Balsamic vinegar

2 cloves of crushed garlic

1 pepper, colour of your choice diced finely

3 tbsp sweetener

1 tsp mustard powder


Put all the ingredients into a pan and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer until onion and pepper are soft but still chunky. The sauce should thicken a bit, too. You can use it immediately or store it in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days.

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