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Homemade Barbecue Sauce {Whole30, Paleo, Vegan}

Tangy and sweet, this homemade BBQ sauce uses a whole orange and dates instead of refined sugar.  This Whole30 barbecue sauce is a delicious compliment to grilled chicken!

tessamae copycat whole30 barbecue sauce

Whole30 Barbecue Sauce Recipe

While this tangy and thick homemade barbecue sauce is a staple in our house, especially during summer grilling season.  Unlike traditional BBQ sauce, this version is sweetened with fruit, so it is Whole30 compatible.  Plus, it is dairy-free, nut-free, vegan, and paleo.

This homemade BBQ sauce is an affordable alternative to the healthier barbecue sauce options you can find at the grocery store, like Tessamae’s.  Plus, it is ready in a little over an hour and can be stored in the refrigerator for well over a month!

We enjoy eating this flavorful sauce with my super simple lemon rosemary marinaded chicken.

homemade whole30 barbecue sauce

Simple Paleo Barbecue Sauce

This BBQ sauce couldn’t be easier to make.  Simply combine all ingredients in a blender, puree and cook down to make a thick and delicious sauce.  Voilà!

As written, this homemade barbecue recipe makes about three cups of sauce.  I like to store the BBQ sauce in two glass mason jars.  One goes in the fridge (it is good for well over a month) and the other in the freezer.

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe {Paleo, Tessamae Copycat}

tessamae copycat whole30 BBQ sauce

Homemade Whole30 Barbecue Sauce

Yield: 28 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Tangy and sweet, this homemade BBQ sauce is a delicious addition to grilled summer meals.  {Whole30, Gluten-Free}


  • 1 28-oz can whole tomatoes*
  • 1 large orange, peeled
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos, low sodium soy sauce can be used, will not be Whole30 compliant
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth
  2. Transfer pureed mixture to a medium size saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat
  3. Reduce heat to low and slowly simmer sauce, stirring frequently to prevent sticking, for 1 hour
  4. Store thickened sauce in an air tight container in refrigerator for up to one month


Recipe makes approximately 3 cups of sauce.  Nutrition information is based on a 2 tablespoon serving.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 28 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 19Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix


Other Paleo and Whole30 Sauces 

Healthy, easy to make sauces and salad dressings are a staple in my kitchen.  Try these other paleo and Whole30 compatible sauce recipes:

Whole30 lemon tahini dressing recipe

Whole30 lemon dijon salad dressing

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  1. How long can you store this sauce in the fridge before it goes bad?

    • Liz – the BBQ sauce is good in the fridge for about a month. It can also be frozen if you want to store it longer. I often make a double batch and then freeze cup size amounts.

  2. I’m not one to make my own sauces, but I’m going to have to try this one because it looks so yummy, simple, and healthy!

  3. YUM! This looks amazing, and I LOVE your ingredients!! Pinning and can’t wait to make!

  4. I have to give this recipe a try! I love that you used dates to make this sweet.

  5. I love this recipe! So healthy and delicious. The photos are gorgeous, too!

  6. I’ve always wanted to make my own bbq sauce. This recipe looks so easy and yum!

  7. I’m doing the Whole30 this month so I’m really excited to try this one. Can’t wait to put this on some roasted chicken!

  8. I love that this is naturally sweetened!

  9. Shelby @Fitasamamabear

    Such a great alternative to store bought!

  10. Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri

    This is a great Whole30 version! Love that there’s no sugar and it’s sweetened with dates, I wouldn’t have ever thought to add them.

  11. These flavors sound great! Love the dates and the orange for sweetening without sugar!

  12. Loving how you have made this more healthy by not using sugar but a natural sweetener made from dates. Rock on I am loving it! I have a few things I’m tossing on the grill later and will have to make this recipe to use on the chicken and ribs.

  13. This looks incredible – so thick and such a rich color! And I absolutely love that it’s sweetened with dates – such a simple and genius swap to make it healthier and just as delicious!

  14. Homemade BBQ sauce is a must for the Grilling Season! Yum!

  15. It is perfect weather for grilling and we all need some good barbecue sauce with the grill. I bet this would store in the freezer if there are leftovers.

  16. I use barbecue sauce on so many things, but never even considered making my own! This looks delicious!

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