Whole30 Barbecue Sauce (Sugar Free Paleo)

Whole30 Barbecue Sauce (Sugar Free Paleo) – a smoky, tomato-based sauce with no added sugar.  Pairs well with grilled meat and veggies.

When I read Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food, I knew I wanted clean eating to be the mainstay for my family.  Cutting out processed foods hasn’t been as difficult as I thought, with the exception of a few things.  One of our biggest struggles has been finding clean alternatives to certain condiments like ketchup and barbecue sauce.

A major theme I took from Michal Pollan’s book and the Whole30 plan is remembering to read labels.  I’m always shocked at the amount of extra junk added to some of the simplest of foods.  Pollan’s rule of thumb is anything with more than five ingredients is out!  And certainly anything with high fructose corn syrup is a definite no-no.  And ketchup and barbecue sauce are famous for including high fructose corn syrup as the first or second ingredient listed.  So I came up with this homemade sauce, and while it’s definitely no replica of my husband’s favorite Sweet Baby Rays, this recipe brings a deliciously different type of smoky tomato flavor that is super tasty.

With some sweetness from applesauce and just a touch of tang, this sauce is excellent on grilled meat, spread on burgers, or as a smoky, ketchup-like dipping sauce.

If you’re looking for more homemade clean condiment recipes, check out this Homemade Whole30 Mayo and Ranch Dressing.

Whole30 Barbecue Sauce (Sugar Free Paleo)



  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce (unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan.  Cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently. For a thicker sauce, simmer longer until reaches desired consistency.

  2. Let cool and pour into a mason jar.  Store in refrigerator.

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