Barbecue sauce in square jar with spoon and green cloth at the back on, on dark brown surface.

Easy Healthy Barbecue Sauce with Marmite

This Easy Healthy Barbecue Sauce is a low carb homemade version of this popular classic. Contains Marmite for extra savouriness and goodness. Rich and delicious, it comes together in 20 minutes! 
Course Side, Snack
Cuisine International
Keyword barbecue sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 53kcal
Author Monika Dabrowski


  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable/olive oil
  • 1/2 cup tomato passata
  • 1 and 1/3 tsp Marmite*
  • 1 and 1/3 tbsp cider/white wine vinegar
  • 2/3 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce


  • In a saucepan heat up the oil, add the onion and sugar and fry over a low heat for about 10 minutes stirring often.  Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for a further 10 minutes stirring often to ensure the mixture does not stick to the pan.
  • Puree the sauce until the mixture is silky smooth.


*If you can't get Marmite (Vegemite) or prefer not to use it you can use dark miso paste instead.
There is no need to add salt as both the Marmite as well as Worcestershire sauce are very salty.
Once cooled, place the barbecue sauce in a jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg