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This Whole30 BBQ Sauce is such a delicious budget and allergen-friendly sauce! BBQ sauce is my hubby’s number one in sauces. It’s a must-have in our house!

However, the New Primal or Tessamaes makes a delicious compliant Whole30 BBQ…but at $7+ a bottle, it doesn’t fit well into a budget. But, this sauce costs less than $1 per cup! With ingredients from my local Walmart, it’s exactly $0.70 for 8oz.

Plus, it’s so flexible! Here are a few ways you can modify it:

  • Like a little more of a kick? Add the chili powder.
  • Want a smokey flavor? Add the liquid smoke.
  • Less or more sweet? Use fewer or more dates.

Ingredients

Additionally, the ingredients to this Whole30 BBQ Sauce are simple and available at most grocery stores. I find them all at my local Walmart.

  • Tomato paste – Most store brands will work here. If you are on a Whole30, double-check the ingredients to ensure no added sweeteners or unallowed additives.
  • Date paste – This is just dates soaked and blended with water. We use this to add a touch of natural sweetness to the sauce without sugars or syrups. And yes, I’m sure this date paste is allowed on Whole30 – it’s even included in my Whole30-endorsed cookbook. See the recipe below for exact details on how to make date paste.
  • Basalmic or apple cider vinegar – Either works here! I usually grab the store brand to keep it budget-friendly.
  • Mustard – Just regular yellow mustard is what I use. Think French’s or the store brand equivalent! If you have a brown mustard, that can work as well.
  • Coconut aminos – Coconut aminos are a soy sauce replacement. They are made from the sap or nectar of a coconut palm tree. You can read more about what they are here. I find them in the same store section as the soy sauce. My Walmart carries this brand, though I find them most affordable at Trader Joe’s.
  • Salt and pepper – Plain old table salt and black ground pepper.
  • Garlic powder or onion powder – You can also use granulated garlic or granulated onion; all work equally well here. I find them in the bulk section of Winco, Sam’s Club, or most grocery stores’ spice aisles.
  • Liquid smoke – Liquid smoke can be found in the condiment section of the grocery store. Liquid smoke is made from condensing the smoke from burning wood. It gives the meat a smokey flavor without being cooked in a smoker. You can see an example of this at Walmart here.
  • Chili powder – An optional spice if you like your Whole30 BBQ sauce to have a kick!
  • The liquid smoke is Wrights brand, and I get it @wincofoods in the dressing aisle.

Recipes We Love This Whole30 BBQ Sauce With

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning. Do you need a kick? Add the (or more) chipotle. Too thick? Add a little more water.
  • Put the sauce into a medium saucepan and boil over medium heat. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Cool to room temperature and then use or store in a closed container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

 

 

Whole30 BBQ Sauce

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
An EASY budget-friendly BBQ sauce that is Whole30 and Plant-based Whole30 compatible.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 12 2 tablespoons
Calories 25 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 6 oz can tomato paste Whole30 compatible if on Whole30
  • 2-4 tablespoons date paste see recipe below
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos optional for more full flavor
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon compliant liquid smoke optional for smokey flavor
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon chili powder optional for a kick

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and all ingredients are incorporated. Taste and adjust seasoning - need a kick? Add the (or more) chipotle. Too thick? Add a little more water.
  • Put sauce into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over a medium heat. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Cool to room temperature and then use or store in closed container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 25kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.05gSodium: 351mgPotassium: 173mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 242IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
Keyword budget-friendly, dairy-free, easy, egg-free, gluten-free, kid-friendly, nut-free, paleo, plant-based, vegan, whole30
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Date Paste

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 8 tablespoons

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup pitted dates, packed
  • 1/2 cup very hot water

Instructions
 

  • Combine dates and hot water in a bowl and let sit for 1 minute. I usually press them down into the water a bit to ensure they are all soaking.
  • Place dates and all the liquid in a blender or food processor and process for 30 seconds, or until smooth
  • Store in a closed container in the fridge for up to 3-4 weeks.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Whole30 BBQ Sauce - Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, easy and budget-friendly!

8 Comments

  1. Wow! This sauce tastes great. It adds flavor to everything you can think of using it on. I used it on burgers, Fries, chicken, and vegetables. Quick and easy!

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    • So many ways to use this BBQ Sauce! I totally agree. I’m so thrilled you love it and found it a quick and easy option. Thank you for the review!

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  2. I’d love to try this as I am new to Whole 30 and really miss BBQ sauce! What kind of mustard do you use? Ground, or yellow in a squeeze bottle?

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    • Hi! I just use regular yellow French’s mustard, as it’s easy to find and compatible, but you can use any mustard that has compatible ingredients!

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  3. 5 stars
    I just came back to make this recipe again. I really loved how easy and tasty it was. It was a little sweet for me personally, so I might try a few less dates next time.

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  4. 5 stars
    Oh Autumn, this is unbelievable. My husband just said, “You can’t buy anything THIS good in a store.” It’s a keeper!!

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  5. 5 stars
    Never buying bbq sauce again!! You’re the best

    Reply
    • I’m so happy this is an easy new staple! Thank you!

      Reply

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