15 Awesome Paleo Barbecue Sauce Recipes You Have To Try

In the world of sauces, barbecue has to be one of the best. There’s no other sauce that quite tastes like barbecue sauce except barbecue sauce. This makes this tangy sauce even better. However, this can also leave many people who follow specific diets feeling disappointed. 

When people start a diet, for example, the paleo diet, they often feel disappointed at the thought of having to give up their favorite sauces. What they fail to realize is that BBQ sauce, like a wide range of other food items and sauces, can be adapted. 

15 Awesome Paleo Barbecue Sauce Recipes You Have To Try

Instead of giving up on barbecue sauce, we can find another way to make it so that it becomes paleo-friendly. Thankfully, there are tons of great ways to do so. In today’s post, we’re going to show you just how many ways we can make barbecue sauce. 

We’ve compiled a list of 15 awesome paleo barbecue sauce recipes to get you started!

1. Paleo Flourish Barbecue Sauce 

We’ll kickstart our list of paleo-friendly barbecue sauce recipes with this belter from Paleo Flourish. This delicious barbecue sauce comes with beautiful tinges of cinnamon and cloves. It’s also packed with gelatin to give it a much thicker texture.

The gelatin also makes the sauce more nutritious.

To make this thick, tangy sauce, you need tomato paste, garlic powder, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, onion powder, nutmeg, gelatin powder, cloves, raw honey, coconut aminos, soy sauce, chili powder, ghee, hot sauce, mustard powder, stevia, and paprika.

Mix all the ingredients together and you’ve got a powerful sauce with a great kick.

2. Peach Barbecue Sauce

Not many people know this, but you can actually make a delicious barbecue sauce using peaches. This quick and easy sauce is just as good as any BBQ sauce you’ll have had before. It’s sweet and tangy, and comes with a classic barbecue sauce look and feel.

The best thing about this sauce though would have to be its lack of sugar. This sauce doesn’t contain any refined sugar. Instead, it only contains natural sugar from the peaches. You only need 10 minutes to make this low-carb sauce.

3. Maple Syrup Barbecue Sauce

It isn’t uncommon for BBQ sauces to have a taste of maple syrup. After all, maple syrup is added to most branded bottles of barbecue sauce. However, it is uncommon for barbecue sauces to contain real maple syrup. Most brands use artificial syrup instead.

This recipe makes barbecue sauce the natural way by using real maple syrup to produce a maple flavor. As a result of using real maple syrup, this sauce is healthier, sweeter, thicker, and in general just much nicer. 

4. Smoky Tomato And Mango Barbecue Sauce

It may seem like an odd combination, but a mixture of tomatoes, hot sauce, and mango makes an unbelievably good barbecue sauce.

This particular recipe does use sugar-free ketchup (see also ‘15 Awesome Paleo Ketchup Recipes For Paleo Lovers‘) for those that want to save time, but you can also make your own first with 12 simple ingredients.

The tomato and hot sauce give the BBQ sauce that much-needed sweetness, tang, and thick texture, whilst the mango comes in with an extra burst of sweetness.

5. Rhubarb BBQ Sauce

By now, you’re probably starting to realize that we can use an incredibly wide range of ingredients to make barbecue sauce. This next recipe uses rhubarb.

Ready in less than 50 minutes, this classic-tasting sauce is low in calories, free from refined sugar-free, tangy, and slightly spicy. 

You only need 13 ingredients to make a batch of this sauce, with each batch containing 18 servings. Brilliantly, each serving only contains 22 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 1 gram of carbs.

6. Bourbon Spiked Barbecue Sauce

If you’re looking for a more exciting barbecue sauce that offers that little bit of something special, you have to try this bourbon-spiked barbecue sauce recipe from So Let’s Hang Out.

Surprisingly easy to make, this sauce contains bourbon and liquid smoke. These two ingredients help to take the sauce to new levels. Levels that will definitely impress your guests.

Thick, rich, sweet, tangy, and slightly boozy, this sauce also contains tomato sauce, coconut sugar, tamari, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and chili powder.

7. Tequila Pineapple Barbecue Sauce

Another barbecue sauce recipe that calls for alcohol is this strong-flavored sauce from the Paleo Gluten-Free Guy. This sauce calls for tequila and pineapple instead of bourbon. As you can imagine, this helps create a powerful flavor that will blow you away.

When we made this sauce, we found it to be smoky, zesty, slightly sharp, rich, super sweet, and vibrant in color.

If you want something a little different, this option is great.

8. Sweet & Smoky Barbecue Sauce

The next barbecue sauce on this list is a more classic sauce that can be made in a pinch. Perfect for those times you need a quick fix, this sauce is sweet, tangy, smoky, and slightly spicy. 

If you want to make a sauce with great consistency and color, this is a solid choice. Deep reddish-brown, this healthier sauce offers everything we’d expect from a store-bought BBQ sauce but without all the sugar.

9. Raw Blender BBQ Sauce

This barbecue sauce from Delicious Obsessions is a bit different. Unlike the other sauces on our list so far, it isn’t sweet at all. Instead, it has a strong tangy flavor. This flavor comes from the garlic and apple cider vinegar used to make the sauce.

This strong tangy taste makes the sauce a good choice for anyone who likes their sauces a bit tangier. The recipe doesn’t include any sugar either. It’s also gluten-free, soy-free, and grain-free.

10. Chicken BBQ Sauce

If you prefer a barbecue sauce with a Southern style, this recipe is perfect for you. Offering a classic Southern-style, sweet-n-tangy flavor, this thick sauce is made using a wide range of rich ingredients. 

The main ingredients that give the sauce a powerful flavor are molasses, cayenne pepper, garlic, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and chili powder. This sauce is called chicken BBQ sauce because it tastes best when smothered on grilled chicken.

11. Apricot Ginger Barbecue Sauce

We’re not quite sure how, but apricots and ginger go really well together in a barbecue sauce. We’re also not sure who thought of putting the two together in the first place. Either way, we’re glad they did because this stupidly underrated combination is pretty special. 

Combined with honey, apple cider vinegar, and tomatoes, things are only made even better. The combination of these ingredients creates a sweet, fruity sauce with a tangy kick and rich texture. 

12. Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

Admittedly, this barbecue sauce recipe isn’t the best on this list, however, it’s a great option if you find yourself in a pickle. Ideal for those times when you’ve run out of BBQ sauce and don’t have tons of ingredients in the house, this sauce can be made quickly and easily. 

Tangy, tart, and sweet, this sauce can be made with blueberries, brown sugar, and a range of different herbs and spices. Taking 30 minutes to make, the end result is a surprisingly good barbecue sauce that mimics the taste of traditional barbecue sauces well.

13. Primal Barbecue Sauce

The fact this sauce is called the primal barbecue sauce would suggest it’s perfect for anyone following a paleo diet. One look at the recipes only confirms those thoughts. Another thing you’ll notice about this sauce is that it is referred to as the potent BBQ sauce. 

This is because the sauce is super spicy. If you don’t like a sauce that wakes your taste buds up with heat, you might want to skip this recipe. The heat in this sauce comes from fresh jalapenos, spicy mustard, and a generous serving of chipotle chili powder.

14. Cherry Barbecue Sauce

You can also make a sweet, fruity barbecue sauce using cherries and an array of spices. This particular recipe calls for 2 cups of dark cherries, raw blackberry vinegar, tamari, maple syrup, mustard, and herbs and spices.

The tanginess and sweetness of the cherries give the sauce plenty of flavor, whilst the barbecue sauce and tamari take things up a notch in terms of flavor and consistency. In particular, the syrup helps to give the sauce a thicker, richer texture and flavor.

15. Quick And Easy Barbecue Sauce

We’ll finish our list with another super simple option that can be made quickly and easily. This recipe is even better than previous recipes though as it only calls for 9 simple ingredients. This includes tomato paste, molasses, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar.

As if things couldn’t get any better, this sweet, tangy sauce only takes 20 minutes to make.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, 15 awesome paleo barbecue sauce recipes you have to try. Are you surprised by just how many ways we can make barbecue sauce? We must admit, we were. What we have to remember is that these are just the ways to make paleo-friendly BBQ sauces. 

There are even more barbecue sauce recipes out there to try for those that don’t follow a specific diet.

The paleo barbecue sauce recipes we’ve shown you should be more than enough to satisfy your BBQ sauce cravings. Whether you like a spicy barbecue sauce or something sweet and tangy, we have an option for you.

All you have to do now is decide which recipe to try first.

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