Sweet and Savory BBQ Sauce that contains no added sugar or artificial ingredients. My grandmother had a lot of recipes that we grew up loving and this is definitely one of them. The twist is that it is sweetened naturally with either Dates/Honey/Natural Sweetener instead of sugar. At first I was very hesitant to use something besides sugar to flavor food. After some trial and error when attempting creating healthier twist to my favorite food I learned to love them. I have come to discover they add great flavor and the perfect amount of sweetness to a spectacular BBQ sauce
There are a lot of great tasting BBQ sauces out there. The problem is most of them are loaded with refined sugars, or artificial ingredients. If you find a BBQ that no added sugar clean ingredients chance are it is not going to taste like your favorite sauce. There are some BBQ sauces that are sugar-free, but usually when they remove the sugar, they remove the taste.
How to make:
I love my grandmother’s BBQ sauce and would load it on when she made it. So, I set out to find a clean version that is also Paleo. I substituted the white vinegar out for Apple Cider Vinegar and the Sugar out for dates. There were many trial and error, with more error than success. I found the perfect combination of a little bit of zing from the Apple Cider Vinegar and sweetness with the dates. Apple Cider Vinegar can have a distinct taste which can easily overpower the taste of other foods.
I usually make it in the blender because it’s quick, easy and gets you sauce super smooth and not chunky. In order to get the dates to blend well soak them in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes to soften them. Add all your ingredients to your blender and blend away. If you don’t have a blender you can add the dates, onion and water to a food processor.
What is great about making your own BBQ sauce, like many other things, is you can make it your own. If you like your sauce with a little more zing you can add more Vinegar, is you like it sweeter add more dates, if you like a little kick add some cayenne or other pepper to taste. This is great to make a big batch off to keep in the refrigerator to pair with your favorite burger, chicken, or my Savory Ranch Burgers. The possibilities are endless!Print
Amazing BBQ Sauce that is Clean, Paleo and Whole30
- 1 cup water
- Sweetener (6 dates pitted and softened, 2 tablespoons or honey)*see note
- 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
- 1/2 cup Chopped Onion
- 5 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Amino or Worcestershire Sauce (**see note)
- 2 tablespoons Water
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon Dry Mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
- Heat 1 cup of Water in until lightly boiling and add Dates and allow to sit for 5 minutes
- Remove the dates from the water, remove the pits and chop the dates
- Add the chopped dates and remaining ingredients to a blender and blend until liquified, about a minute
- Store in a sealed container in the refridgerator
*If you are using a sweetener besides Dates or Honey then sweeten to taste adding a bit of your favorite sweetener at a time.
**Make sure Worcestershire is compliant or use Coconut Amino
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