Homemade Paleo BBQ sauce is delicious and very simple to make! This recipe is perfect for chicken, beef, or pork. Get ready to ramp up the flavor of your favorite summer grilling recipes!
Did you know…barbecue sauce is so easy to make?
Doesn’t it make you happy when you find out how easy it is to make something from scratch?
I must admit that I used to purchase barbecue sauce. It is just one of those things that I thought was easier for me to grab from the store than to make it at home. But then one day we were out of sauce, and I decided to try to make my own homemade barbecue sauce. It’s surprising how easy it is to whip up, and how amazingly tasty it is when you make it yourself!
And now that we have food allergies in our family, it makes much more sense for me to make my own BBQ sauce. I can double check each individual ingredient to make sure that its safe for my family’s specific allergies.
Is BBQ sauce okay for those on a Paleo diet?
This BBQ sauce uses honey as a sweetener, which is Paleo-approved, and if you use Blackstrap molasses, this recipe should be fine!
I like barbecue sauce to be a little sweet and a little spicy, so that’s how I made this version. I used honey for the sweetness, but you could use maple syrup if you prefer. You can also adjust the level of spiciness by adding more or less cayenne pepper to this sauce.
What brands of spices are safe for allergies?
You should contact the various spice companies to see about your specific dietary needs. You may want to check out the brands McCormick or Spicely.
What can I use in place of tomatoes in this Paleo barbecue sauce?
This homemade barbecue sauce is thick and rich, sweet and spicy, and is perfect for brushing on chicken, ribs, or anything else you can think of to grill!
How long can I store homemade barbecue sauce in the refrigerator?
This barbecue sauce should stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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Homemade Paleo BBQ Sauce.
A thick and rich Paleo barbecue sauce with the flavors of honey and molasses.
- ⅓ cup tomato paste
- ½ cup water
- 3 ½ Tablespoons honey maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon molasses use Blackstrap molasses if Paleo
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 ¼ teaspoons chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon dry mustard powder
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Mix all spices in a small bowl and set aside.
In a small sauce pan, combine the tomato paste, water, honey, molasses, and apple cider vinegar. Stir well. Add the spices and stir until incorporated.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.
Cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
If you would prefer a thinner sauce, add an additional 2-3 Tablespoons of water.
Makes about one pint. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
If you are on the Paleo diet, use Blackstrap molasses. It has a stronger flavor, so you may want to use slightly less.
Have you ever made homemade barbecue sauce before? What about other condiments?
This post was written in June 2015. It has been updated.