Whole30 BBQ Sauce | Tessemae's Copycat Recipe

Whole30 BBQ Sauce | Tessemaes Copycat Recipe

May 3, 2018Thyme and JOY
Tessemaes BBQ Sauce Copycat Recipe

This homemade Whole30 BBQ sauce packs a punch and has a thick consistency. Perfect for any summer BBQ season for shredded chicken, pulled pork or even to brush on grilled veggie skewers.

This homemade Whole30 BBQ sauce packs a punch and has a thick consistency. Perfect for any summer BBQ season to marinate meats and veggies. | Thyme + JOY

Welcome to the Thyme and JOY Copycat Recipe Series!

  In these copycat recipe posts, I am showing you an alternative to pricey products in the paleo, whole30 and health food community that you can easily do yourself at home. Please note that I have nothing against the companies that my recipe inspiration comes from. Even though I can make these products, I often buy them myself out of convenience and to support those companies that make our health journeys an easier world to navigate.

During the summer months, I use my grill at least 4x a week and I don’t care what time a day it is or if it’s raining. Come to think of it, I grill any time of the year! During our January Whole30, I decided I was going to make our own condiments to save some money but to also experiment with new flavors and textures. Getting a Whole30 BBQ sauce just right was a bit of a challenge because I didn’t want to use dates as sweet BBQ sauce was not my thing. Luckily, I remembered that I can make my own applesauce in my instant pot and figured that would be a WONDERFUL way to add texture and not to sweet flavor to it.

Tessemae’s also makes a compliant Whole30 BBQ sauce that tastes pretty good! It has a little more of a thinner consistency and can be found in a pinch at most health food stores. I like making my own because I can control the heat and thickness. I tend to like thicker sauce as I can use it to brush on to food as well as marinate meats and vegetables

Whole30 BBQ Sauce | Tessemaes Copycat

Price Breakdown

Tessemaes BBQ Sauce Average Price: $6.99 {.69 per OZ}

Homemade BBQ Sauce for 24oz Recipe: {.19 per OZ}

Whole30 BBQ Sauce | Tessemaes Copycat Recipe

Yield: 24 oz

Whole30 BBQ Sauce | Tessemaes Copycat Recipe


  • 8oz tomato paste
  • 8oz fire roasted tomatoes (canned)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp coconut aminos


  1. Add all ingredients into a sauce pot and combine fully
  2. Simmer on medium-low heat until tomatoes are cooked through
  3. Blend for smoother consistency
  4. Lasts up to two months refrigerated.

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