Whole30 BBQ Sauce
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BBQ sauce is my hubby’s number one in sauces. The New Primal or Tessamaes makes a delicious compliant Whole30 BBQ…but at $7+ a bottle, it doesn’t fit well into a budget. This sauce costs less than a $1 per cup! And it’s so flexible – like a little more of a kick? Add the chili powder. Want a smokey flavor? Add the liquid smoke. Less or more sweet? Use less or more dates. The liquid smoke is Wrights brand and I get it @wincofoods in the dressing isle.

Whole30 BBQ Sauce

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 2 tablespoons


  • 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


  • 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.

Date Paste

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 8 tablespoons


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


  • 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.


  1. 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?

    • 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!

  4. 5 stars
    Never buying bbq sauce again!! You’re the best

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


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