How to Thicken BBQ Sauce with cheap ingredients

Barbeque sauce is quite among sauce category as as it can be used in all kinds of dishes besides grilled bbq dishes like stir fry vegetables, soups, other sauce preparations, dips for fried items, sandwiches spread, grilled potato wedges and many more.

most of the people including me like thick bbq sauce as it add rich texture to the dish and make it much more delicious that’s why here we have shared some of the easy to follow methods to make your bbq sauce thick and enjoy with different recipes to elevate the scrumptiousness of your dish with right kind of tasty bbq sauce.

How to Thicken BBQ Sauce


Checkout our post on home made bbq sauce to make the best tasting bbq sauce easily right in your kitchen in less time to enjoy it with your best bbq food items.

Use flour to increase BBQ sauce thickness

Using flour is one of the most common method to thicken the sauce. it can be done easily.

all you need to do is take 1/4 cup water and then about 2 spoon flour it thereafter mix until it becomes the puree without any lumps. once done add the mixture to the bbq sauce and mix it. now put it on heat for few minutes to increase the consistency of the sauce.

once done you are good to go and enjoy the sauce. to increase of decrease the consistency you can adjust the amount of corn flour you add to the mixture.

Use corn starch to thicken bbq sauce

It is also same like flour method. you can get corn starch easily in any super market to thicken the sauce. Take 2 spoon of water and 1 spoon of corn starch, mix them well and add to the sauce to increase its thickness. thick bbq sauce tasty heavenly with French fries of all kinds, try it once and you will enjoy it very one.

Use fiber to thicken bbq sauce

fibers can be used to thickness the bbq sauce. all kinds of vegetables can be mashed and made into puree and then add to bbq sauce to thicken it. make sure to add the puree gradually to the sauce as the intense taste may overpower the flavor of the sauce.

you can use mashed potato puree, eggplant puree, bottle guard puree, tomato paste etc. to make fiber thickening mashed puree. to reduce the thickness of the puree and sauce you can add water in it and get the consistency right as per your preference. a simple recipe to follow is shared below to get things fast and easy with your bbq sauce.


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cup tomato sauce
  • 5 spoon sugar
  • 1 spoon lemon juice
  • 1 spoon salt
  • 1 spoon pepper
  • 1/2 spoon onion powder
  • 1/2 spoon garlic powder
  • 1 spoon oregano powder
  • 1 spoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)


bake the potatoes and carrots in oven with some olive oil drizzled on them, once done make them into puree using a mixture and blender and put it in a bowl.

mix all the ingredients to make sauce in pan and let it simmer for 1 hour and once done add the fiber puree that you have made above and continue stirring for 10 minutes until you get the right amount of thickness, add the puree in small portions to make the best bbq sauce at home easily.

let the sauce cool down and then store in air tight container and keep in fridge for later use or start eating it as your dip and rub with  your favorite grilled food dishes like panini sandwiches, grilled chicken etc.

Using savory thickeners method

you can also make use of thickeners to increase the sauce consistency and give it creamy texture. you will be able to get a good taste from the sauce after adding these thickeners. they are very versatile and can be used with all kind of home made sauces.

milk cream

making use of heavy cream made from buffalo or goat milk will give your sauce a rich texture and flavor. you add the cream to your sauce and let it simmer for few minutes to mix it well. you can also add store bought cream if you don’t have home made cream.

it may add little bit extra calories to your sauce but enhance the flavor and thickness also. if by adding cream your sauce become mild in flavor then you can add more herbs, salt and spices to make intense again as per your liking.


Adding butter to your sauce will add thickness to it to some extent and make it more tasty because butter always increase the taste of anything it gets added to.

to get perfect consistency i would recommend to add butter and flour or corn starch mixture and get the best of both thickness and rich tasting bbq sauce. Checkout more about butter shelf life to see if butter kept in your fridge is good or you need to buy new one.

coconut cream

coconut cream and cold pressed coconut oil is yet another useful option to thicken the bbq sauce and make it flavor full. you can make coconut cream at home or buy from market and add it to make increase sauce consistency.

if you don’t have coconut cream then use some coconut milk alternatives to make cream home. it is very popular in Asian side of the world, try it once to see if you like the taste of your sauce after adding coconut cream.

you need to check: how to thicken chili for spicy thick recipes


hope you got some useful methods to make your bbq sauce thick as no one like thin sauce as it seems like more of savory soup then sauce and keeps dripping everywhere you add without giving much of the flavor to your food item.

do let us know if you use some different methods to make your bbq sauce rich and thick with high consistency in comments below.

share this post with all the bbq and grilled item lovers in your contacts to help them make great quality bbq sauce and enjoy with sandwiches made in bbq grill and other food items.

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