This homemade Whole30 BBQ sauce recipe is easy to make and ready in just 10 minutes! Sweetened with dates, it’s the perfect blend of smoky, tangy, and sweet flavors (that’s better than any store bought kind)! Slather it over pulled pork, ribs, or chicken for the best summer BBQ. Paleo and Vegan too!
Homemade Whole30 BBQ Sauce With Dates
Healthy BBQ sauce without high fructose corn syrup, added sugars, artificial coloring and “natural flavors” –yes please!
If you normally buy BBQ sauce at the store, check the ingredients on the bottle. Most brands of BBQ sauce are filled with artificial ingredients and LOADS of sugar. By making your own BBQ sauce at home you are in control of the ingredients and it’s a lot cheaper than buying a store bought Whole30 compliant BBQ sauce.
Your going to love this healthy BBQ sauce as it is the perfect mix of sweet, smoky, and tangy flavors. All you need is a few ingredients and 10 minutes to whip it up at your next outdoor BBQ.
Whole30 & Paleo BBQ Sauce Ingredients:
Since this is whole30 BBQ recipe, I am using all real-food ingredients to make the sauce. You’ll need the following ingredients:
Make it your own by customizing the flavors to your taste:
If you don’t have dates: substitute with 1/2 cup of apple sauce (Whole30 compliant), and skip the blending step. Paleo – substitute with honey or maple syrup. I recommend trying 3-4 tablespoons and adding more if needed.
Make it thicker: Simmer the sauce for a longer amount of time.
Make it smokier: add smoked paprika or chipotle chili powder to taste. You can also add a small amount of liquid smoke. Make sure to choose a brand with just 2 ingredients: water and smoke.
Make it sweeter: add 1-2 more dates (for Whole30 compliant). If paleo you can add more honey or maple syrup.
Make it more tangy: increase the amount of apple cider vinegar. This will add more tartness to the sauce. You can also add dijon or grainy mustard.
Make it spicy: add hot sauce, red pepper flakes, or a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Storing Homemade BBQ Sauce
I store my Whole30 barbecue sauce in 16-ounce mason jars. The jars make it easy to spoon the sauce out whenever the BBQ cravings strike.
These sauce bottles are also a good option if you want a skinnier bottle. They come in a pack of 6 so you can also use them for salad dressings or other sauces.
Store the BBQ sauce in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, and in the freezer for up to 3 months.
This homemade Whole30 BBQ sauce recipe is easy to make and ready in just 10 minutes! Sweetened with dates, it’s the perfect blend of smoky, tangy, and sweet flavors (that’s better than any store bought kind)! Slather it over pulled pork, ribs, or chicken for the best BBQ. Paleo and Vegan too!
Combine all ingredients into a medium-sized saucepan over low-medium heat. Let the sauce simmer (not boil) for 10 minutes to soften the dates. Move the sauce pan off the burner and let the sauce cool for for about 5 minutes.
Transfer the sauce to a food processor or blender and blend until dates are fully combined into the sauce and there are no chunks left, about 1 minute.
Pour the BBQ sauce in a mason jar or airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freezer for 6 months.
This BBQ sauce is so good! I wish I had made it a little sweeter adding 1-2 more dates as suggested, but I will do that for round two! It did come out a little spicy so not sure my kids will like it, but it’s tasty to me 😋
Is this generally on the sweeter side or spicier side? I like my bbq sauce sweeter!
I would say it’s perfectly in between!