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Whole30 BBQ Sauce | Tessemaes Copycat Recipe

This homemade Whole30 BBQ sauce recipe packs a punch and has a thick consistency and is made with unsweetened applesauce instead of dates. Perfect for any summer BBQ season for shredded chicken, pulled pork or even to brush on grilled veggie skewers.

whole30 bbq sauce

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.

Main Ingredients in Whole30 Barbeque Sauce:

Fire Roasted Tomatoes: finding whole30 compliant canned tomatoes is easier than you think. Most grocery stores carry whole30 canned tomatoes and even fire roasted tomatoes. The roasted flavor makes for a great barbeque sauce and also can be used in this whole30 tomato basil chicken recipe

Whole30 Balsamic Vinegar: Wait, is balsamic vinegar Whole30?  Yes! Mostly all vinegar is Whole30 compliant except for malt vinegar because it contains barley. 

Smoked Paprika: this is one of my game changing spices and is used to add a smoky flavor as a liquid smoke substitute. 

Coconut Aminos: This is a soy sauce substitute that is made from coconuts and is often used in recipes as a paleo or Whole30 compliant sauce to give an umami flavor to foods. I like using The New Primal coconut aminos

Unsweetened Applesauce: a lot of Whole30 sauces and dressings use dates to sweeten them up. However since I realized you can make applesauce in your instant pot, I use this instead! I also use this to make my Whole30 Ketchup recipe

instant pot applesauce

How To Make Your Own Whole30 BBQ Sauce:

  1. Add all ingredients into a medium sauce pot and turn heat on medium. Whisk everything together until fully combined. 
  2. Simmer on medium-low heat until tomatoes are cooked through. This will take about 20 minutes.
  3. Add BBQ sauce mixture to a high speed blender and blend until a smooth consistency is formed.  Adjust seasonings as necessary.
  4. Lasts up to two months refrigerated in an airtight container.  A perfect chance to re-use an old glass washed sauce bottle!

What are the best Whole30 BBQ sauce brands if I don’t want to make them?

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  • The New Primal Classic BBQ Sauce: has a wonderful flavor, is made with bone broth and is not only Whole30 compliant but also paleo and gluten free.
  • The New Primal Mustard BBQ: this is a delicious take on Carolina bbq sauce which has a mustard base.
  • Primal Kitchen Classic BBQ Sauce: this is a great paleo, Whole30, keto and primal friendly.
  • Primal Kitchen Golden BBQ Sauce: the Primal Kitchen take on Carolina mustard bbq sauce
  • Tessemaes BBQ sauce: Tessemae’s was one of the first store bought Whole30 approved bbq sauces but it is very expensive!  A while back I did a price comparison of the cost of making this recipe vs buying it in a store as a copycat recipe.
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

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

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

Recipes That Use Whole30 BBQ Sauce:

Other Homemade Whole30 Sauces & Dressings and Condiments:

whole30 bbq sauce

Whole30 BBQ Sauce

This homemade Whole30 BBQ sauce recipe packs a punch and has a thick consistency and is made with unsweetened applesauce instead of dates. Perfect for any summer BBQ season for shredded chicken, pulled pork or even to brush on grilled veggie skewers.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24 oz
Calories: 16kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 oz tomato paste
  • 8 oz fire roasted tomatoes canned
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp coconut aminos

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into a medium sauce pot and turn heat on medium. Whisk everything together until fully combined. 
  • Simmer on medium-low heat until tomatoes are cooked through. This will take about 20 minutes.
  • Add BBQ sauce mixture to a high speed blender and blend until a smooth consistency is formed.  Adjust seasonings as necessary.
  • Lasts up to two months refrigerated in an airtight container.  A perfect chance to re-use an old glass washed sauce bottle!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 225mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

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