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Paleo BBQ Sauce

Sweetened with fruit juice, this Paleo BBQ sauce does not contain processed sugar. It’s super tasty, easy to make, and perfect for those who stick to a real food diet.

I made this Whole30 compliant BBQ sauce because lately several readers have been asking me for paleo condiments that do not contain white sugar, or even natural sweeteners such as honey.

Paleo BBQ Sauce
Serves: makes sauce for one whole chicken or four breasts
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ¼ cup shallots, minced
  • 1 (7 ounce) bottle tomato paste
  • 1 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Warm oil in a saucepan over medium heat
  2. Add garlic and shallot; cook until soft
  3. Add tomato paste, orange juice, vinegar, mustard, paprika, salt, and pepper
  4. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often
  5. Baste over chicken
  6. Marinate in fridge for 1-3 hours
  7. Grill
  8. Serve

Spring is in full bloom here in Colorado and it’s gorgeous. Bright clear days in the high 70’s, perfect for hiking, taking the boys to the park, and breaking out the grill!

In order to get my BBQ bearings I went to bbqrecipesecrets.com. On that site, I learned that there are three types of barbecue sauce –tomato, mustard, or vinegar. Unfortunately, each of these types generally contains a significant amount of sugar. I decided to use the Basic Tomato BBQ sauce recipe as a map, adding and subtracting from it to create this new lower glycemic BBQ sauce recipe.

Feel free to use this gluten-free barbecue sauce creatively. I imagine it would be delicious on pasta or a sandwich –I must have eaten half a batch by mopping it up with bread the night I first made it.

Here are some of my other paleo condiment recipes: