So many of you have asked for a Paleo BBQ Sauce recipe that is strict Paleo without the use of added sweeteners, so I converted the barbecue sauce from my books Against all Grain (page 326) and Meals Made Simple (page 250) and experimented with using dates. The smell that fills the house when you're cooking this will make you drool and just ache to have a barbecue!
We love to make a big batch and slather this on my Barbecue Burger or as a dip for Chicken Nuggets. Keep in mind you can sub this in for any other recipes I have that use a paleo bbq sauce recipe, such as my Barbecue Beef Short Ribs (Meals Made Simple, page144) or my Barbecue Chicken Chopped Salad (Meals Made Simple, page 108).
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You will notice in the video that I do not simmer the sauce, as called for in the recipe. I recently started cutting that step out to make this recipe that much easier, and really don't notice too much of a difference in taste! Simmering it helps to thicken it a little and also helps make the tomato less acidic. Either way works!
Is the Deglet Date the same as the Noor date ? (I know a husband who will bless me for cooking this up: thank you :))
They are different, but it doesn’t really matter what kind of date you use. Just make sure they’re pitted 🙂
I will look for them, in case. Are they as sweet as the Medjools (that I know are easy to find thanks to their growing popularity) ?
What sweetener did you use in the original?
I use honey and coconut crystals!
Hi Danielle! I’m Débora Pulido and I’m loving your blog and your recipes…I’ts just uncredable! I’m from Brazil, São Paulo and I have some restrictions to some food. Congratulations to your work! Sorry for my mistakes in English!
No worries at all! Thank you so much Debora! I hope my recipes help make your dietary restrictions a bit easier for you 🙂
Wow this sounds amazing! Would not have thought of using dates. My husband will love this recipe 🙂
Dates are great to add to so many recipes if you’re not wanting to use honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar!
Could you freeze it for later use?
Thank you so much for sharing! I love BBQ, but hate all the added sugars. I will definitely be putting this to good use during the summer.
Thank you Claire!
how many dates are in one ounce (approximately) I do not have a scale
My husband can’t have tomatoes, so I made your original bbq sauce but swapped out the tomato purée and paste with equal amounts of canned pumpkin, it is delicious! Thanks for all the fantastic recipes, they are easily adaptable to one’s specific needs.
Thank you so much for sharing that tip and I’m so glad you’re finding my recipes helpful!