Homemade paleo bbq sauce is a great addition to any condiment lineup. Use it for a BBQ, as a dip or even as a marinade!
Ever since Bud and I completed Whole30 in January, we strive to make our meals as whole as possible. By no means are we living by Whole30 rules every day, but we certainly try incorporate them into our daily routine.
For example, we eat much better meals at breakfast time. Previously, I ate either a bowl of granola or cereal. Bud was the same way. We both found that we were starving by 10:00 AM. With Whole30 in mind now, we eat either eggs or a protein-rich smoothie in the morning that last us all the way until lunch time. We also eat way fewer grains. Pasta was a go-to meal for us before Whole30. Now, we eat pasta sparingly or as a treat.
Another big lesson for me was the amount of sugar that is in many of our daily sauces, spreads, dressings and marinades. I had no idea that ketchup, peanut butter and balsamic vinaigrette were such huge sources of sugar. Through Whole30, I learned to be more label conscious and realize what I was putting in to my body really does matter. That knowledge helped inspire today’s recipe!
I’ll start out by saying this homemade paleo BBQ sauce is not Whole30 compliant because it has honey as a natural sweetener. Bud and I have tried a few different Whole30 BBQ sauces without any honey and just didn’t find the right flavor for us (if you have suggestions, send them my way!). This BBQ sauce is paleo though and only uses three tablespoons of honey.
The combination of spices and the texture of this paleo BBQ sauce makes it the perfect homemade condiment. It all comes together in under an hour using ingredients you probably already have on hand. Plus, the BBQ sauce is a way better option that store bought sauce!
Homemade Paleo BBQ Sauce
- 2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 fuji apple diced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- pinch of pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons honey
In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients over medium heat.
Bring the mix to a low simmer and cover. Simmer for 35-40 minutes.
Once the mix has cooked, remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Once the mix has cooled, blend until smooth with an emulsion blender.
Store in the fridge in a mason jar or use immediately.
Adpated from Domestic Soul