Tomato Soup Barbecue Sauce

Tomato Soup Barbecue Sauce creates a perfect summer grilling sauce out of repurposed leftover tomato  soup.
Tomato Soup Barbecue Sauce

Tomato Soup Barbecue Sauce

By Sue Lau | Palatable  Pastime

Tomato Soup Barbecue Sauce is my recipe of the day  with the blogging group Soup Swappers. We join forces mothly to post on various soup topics decided by the host.

July is my turn to host and I suggested  we take some leftover soups of ours and turn it into something else equally delicious. Many people prefer something besides soup in the hot summer months.

Tomato Soup Barbecue Sauce

Clearing our freezers of leftover soups is a chance to play with ingredients. Making a barbecue sauce from leftover tomato soup  is fun and fast. I have used my recipe for Winter Tomato Soup as the base. Just make sure that when using this soup for barbecue sauce, that it is made with water. And not the cream of tomato  soup version with milk.

Winter Tomato Soup

Winter Tomato Soup

We are a small family so often only eat half a recipe and freeze the rest for later. Digging in the freezer often brings up  foods that can be transformed with a few ingredients.

In this case the soup  becomes a sauce that I used on  grilled chicken thighs. You could also use it on pulled pork, ribs, chicken wings, burgers, and more.

If you don’t have any soup set back,   you can  always make a batch  for your base. If you like, use the full recipe,  doubling the sauce ingredients. This will  give you five cups sauce, plenty for a nice sized family barbecue.

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Tomato Soup Barbecue Sauce

Tomato Soup Barbecue Sauce

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Tomato Soup Barbecue Sauce

Tomato Soup Barbecue Sauce

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Condiments, sauces
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 10


  • 3 cups Winter tomato soup (half recipe, see recipe link above)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hickory flavored liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Combine ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until mixture becomes thick and reduces to 2-1/2 cups (20 fluid ounces).
  • Use as desired on your favorite barbecue.


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3 responses

  1. Tomato soup is versatile and I loved how you turned it into a barbecue sauce. I like the shine it lends. Simple and awesome! I loved this month’s theme and thanks for hosting.

  2. This is such a great theme – I am always taking leftovers and transforming them. However often leftovers become SOUP! It was fun to turn soup into something else!

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