Is BBQ Sauce Always Vegan?
Many store-bought barbecue sauces are vegan, but there are also many brands that include animal products in their BBQ sauces.
Some animal-derived ingredients are obvious, such as honey and anchovies, but other animal products are harder to spot.
Luckily, many popular brands of BBQ sauce that you can find in many major grocery stores are vegan-friendly. But, you also have the option of going to a specialty foods store and choosing healthier, certified vegan BBQ sauce brands.
Both of these varieties are included in this list, with the most popular brands listed first. Because brands often have many different varieties of barbecue sauces, if there are any non-vegan varieties, I’ve listed these so you know which flavors to stay away from.
Note: Because non-organic sugar is plant-based but not always vegan, I’ve included plant-based BBQ sauces with non-organic sugar in this list, but I’ve marked them with an asterisk (*). That way strict vegans can stay away from these brands but people on a plant-based diet can still buy them.
This list is for informational purposes only. All ingredients are subject to change, so be sure to always read ingredient labels before purchasing to ensure that they are vegan.
- Sweet Baby Ray’s
- Primal Kitchen
- Fody Foods (low-FODMAP certified)
Vegan Barbecue Sauce Brands List
Sweet Baby Ray’s
Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce is one of the most popular brands and can be found at almost any grocery store! The Original Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce is vegan!
Because I was concerned with the “natural flavor” ingredient in many of their sauces, I contacted Sweet Baby Ray’s, and they informed me that there are no animal products or byproducts in the original BBQ sauce. They said nothing about the other flavors, but there are many with honey, so stick with the original!
Where to Buy: You can buy Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce at many major grocery stores, including Walmart, Target, Kroger, and Publix! Use their store locator to find products near you.
Vegan Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauces:
- Original Barbecue Sauce