tessamae copycat whole30 BBQ sauce

Homemade Barbecue Sauce {Whole30, Paleo, Vegan}

Meredith 12:06 pm

Tangy and sweet, this homemade BBQ sauce uses a whole orange and dates instead of added sugar.  This Whole30 compatible barbecue sauce is a must have for your summer cookout menu!

tessamae copycat whole30 barbecue sauce

Homemade barbecue sauce is a staple in our house during the summer.  We especially enjoy eating this flavorful sauce with my super simple lemon rosemary marinaded chicken.

homemade whole30 barbecue sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe {Whole30 Compatible, Tessamae Copycat}

5 from 5 votes
tessamae copycat whole30 BBQ sauce
Homemade Whole30 Barbecue Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

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

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free, gluten free, healthy barbecue sauce, no added sugar, paleo, tessamae copycat, vegan, whole30
Servings: 28 servings
Calories: 24 kcal
  • 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 Notes

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

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.

healthy homemade whole30 bbq sauce recipe


  1. 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.

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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.

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

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