BBQ sauce and fresh peppersIn this post, I share the image from my first attempt at making my own BBQ sauce. Over the years it has become so easy to whip up my own using the Electric Pressure Cooker I don’t even have to look at my recipe any longer.  I hope you will give this a try.  My first attempt a friend of mine said it looked like chocolate pudding but trust me – it tastes amazing! 

BBQ Sauce Recipe

Brens BBQ Sauce

I told you… it looks like pudding doesn’t it??? 

Just like any recipe I share with you I recommend using fresh ingredients.  Don’t be afraid to trust your gut and try something you may have on hand. I used grapeseed oil for the first time in this recipe and it was amazing.  The oil became a staple in many of my sauce and dressing recipes because of its high in vitamin E and phenolic antioxidants. It’s also a rich source of omega-6 polyunsaturated fats so it is healthy.  Grapeseed oil adds a nutty flavor to the BBQ sauce recipe.

Don’t be afraid to kick it up a notch or two by adding 2-3 scotch bonnet peppers making it perfect for my Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings.

Sweet Onions

Sweet Onions have been amazing over the past few years at my grocery stores.  I look for the sweet onions out of Georgia.  They are truly the sweetest and you can almost bite right into it, after peeling the skin off of course.  YUM!

grapeseed oil

There it is… my favorite Electric Pressure Cooker. I’ve been using this cooker since 2015.   The Grapeseed Oil isn’t something I use every day but it is sure a treat in this recipe.  I hope you give it a try and don’t forget to tell me what you think.

Pressure Cooker BBQ Sauce | Quick and Easy


  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil (or any other high smoke-pint oil such as peanut, avocado or grapeseed oil)
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup (120ml) tomato puree (passata)
  • ½ cup (120ml) water
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) honey
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, like your home-made Tabasco
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground clove powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¾ cup ( 5.25 oz or 150g) seedless dried plums (aka prunes), tightly packed in the measuring cup


  1. To the pre-heated pressure cooker add the sesame oil and onion. Saute’ stirring infrequently until the edges of the onion start to brown.
  2. In a 2-cup measuring cup, or small mixing bowl, pour in the tomato puree, water, honey and vinegar using the measuring lines in the cups as a guideline. Then, plop in the salt, garlic, hot sauce, liquid smoke clove and cumin powders.
  3. Mix the contents of the measuring cup well, so that the honey dissolves evenly in the liquid.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pressure cooker, rubbing the base of the cooker with the spatula to lift-up any browned onion bits into the sauce.
  5. Plop in the plums.
  6. Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker.
  7. For electric pressure cookers: Cook for 10 minutes at high pressure.
  8. For stove top pressure cookers: Turn the heat up to high and when the cooker indicates it has reached high pressure, lower to the heat to maintain it and begin counting 10 minutes pressure cooking time.
  9. When time is up, open the cooker by releasing the pressure slowly through the valve.
  10. Using an immersion blender, and tilting the pot so the blender is immersed in the liquid, puree the contents of the pressure cooker.
  11. Serve.

Let’s Connect

I would love to hear from you and if you have tried my BBQ sauce.  Don’t be shy, comment on my website and also tag me on your favorite social media site @brenhaas.  I look forward to connecting with you soon about grilling and gardening.  ENJOY!

Happy BBQing,

Bren Haas

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