Dressings · Sauce

Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

These next few months are my favorite part of the year! You get to soak up some vitamin-D with friends and family, and exposed to so many great fruits and vegetables! This warm weather also means more grilling outdoors! Grilling is not my expertise and part of that reason, is because I could not find a barbecue sauce that wasn’t filled with sugar and preservatives! I am SUPER-DUPER excited to share that I finally played around in the kitchen and came up with an amazing barbecue sauce! You can also marinate with this! Just in time for Easter family get-together! I will also be sharing my favorite coleslaw recipe that is very easy to go with all the BBQ you will be doing! So stay tuned!

Also more good news, if you are doing the Whole 30 this month, this recipe is whole 30 compliant! Just make sure you find a whole 30 compliant Dijon Mustard, like Annie’s. It is also only sweetened by dates!

This recipe makes about 3 cups. So, there’s plenty to share!


  • 8 Pitted Dates
  • 1 6-ounce can of tomato paste
  • 1 15-ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of boiling water
  • 1/2 cup of minced yellow onions
  • 2 tablespoons of ghee or clarified butter
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of whole 30 compliant Dijon Mustard (Annie’s)
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper ( You can always add a pinch more if you like it on the spicy side!)
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons of Coconut Amino’s Teriyaki Sauce (can normally find this in the gluten-free section at HEB, or at Sprouts)
  • Sea salt and black pepper



  1. Boil the water and place the 8 pitted dates in blender or food processor. I had to use my blender, because all the ingredients went past my max liquid fill line on my food processor. So, keep that in mind! Let the dates sit in the boiling water for about 5 minutes so they can soften.
  2. In a small skillet, melt the ghee on medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes, or until translucent. Add the garlic and allow to cook for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  3. Transfer the onion and garlic mixture to the blender with the dates.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
  5. You may have to pulse the blender to ensure that all of the dates are blended in.
  6. Taste the sauce and add any extra ingredients that your heart might desire! (i.e. more cayenne pepper, sea salt, pepper, etc.) Have fun with this and make it your own!

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