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
Servings 12 2 tablespoons


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 6 oz can compliant tomato paste
  • 6 pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 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


  • Soak dates in 1 cup hot water.
  • While dates soften, add all other ingredients to blender or food processor.
  • Discard the date water and add softened dates to the 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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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!!

  3. 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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