This Sweet & Tangy Paleo & Whole30 BBQ Sauce tastes even better than the original. It is naturally sweetened and perfect for any protein. You will love this healthy, family-friendly version of classic BBQ sauce!
*originally posted 3/18; updated 6/20
What You Need for this BBQ Sauce:
- Tomato Paste
- Dates (these are used to naturally sweeten the sauce)
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Coconut Aminos (this is often to referred to as a soy free ‘soy sauce’, it adds a subtle sweet and savory flavor. It is Whole30 compliant.)
- Dijon Mustard
- Garlic Powder
- Smoked Paprika (can also use regular, I just like the smokey flavor in my BBQ sauce)
- Chili Powder
- Onion Powder
- Salt & Pepper
I soften the dates in some hot water first (reserving the water) and then add them along with the remaining ingredients into my blender. I like my BBQ sauce thick, but you can add the reserved date water a little at a time to thin it out as needed. The last step is to heat it up in a saucepan. I do this to cook the raw spices a bit to help the flavor blend together better.
You can use the sauce right away (on my Instant Pot BBQ Ribs) or store it in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to a week.
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Paleo Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce
- 8 Dates pitted
- 6 oz Tomato Paste
- 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 3 Tbls Dijon Mustard
- 1.5 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1/4 cup Coconut Aminos
- 1 Tbls Chili Powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- Boil 1 cup of water and pour over the pitted dates in a bowl. Let soak for about 5 minutes
- Put the soaked dates into a blender along with the rest of the ingredients. Reserve the date water to add to the mixture if it needs to be thinned out
- Cook the sauce in a small saucepan over low heat to combine the flavors for 5 minutes
- Can use right away in a recipe of choice or let cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week