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Whole30 BBQ Sauce: Paleo, Vegan, Sugar-Free Recipe!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce


  • 6 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup organic apple juice, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, or balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder


  1. Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan on medium-low
  2. Stir to combine as the ingredients heat up
  3. Don’t bring to a boil, just keep over heat long enough for the dates to soften, tomato paste to reduce, and all wet ingredients to come together
  4. Transfer to a blender (or use immersion blender) and blend for 1-2 minutes until sauce is a smooth consistency
  5. Add a tablespoon or two of water if you like a thinner sauce


Replace apple juice with pineapple juice if you prefer
Increase/decrease cayenne per spice level
Can use an immersion blender and blend instead of a standalone blender
Stays fresh in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container