Paleo BBQ Sauce (Refined Sugar-Free)

This homemade, refined sugar-free, paleo bbq sauce recipe is made with simple ingredients and turned out well. I love barbecue sauce, but it’s one of those high sugar condiments that I typically avoid.

I definitely prefer this recipe to most of the store bought kinds I’ve tried. This barbecue sauce is sweet, smoky, tangy, and full of flavour. Use it on chicken, ribs, steak, burgers, veggies, tofu, etc. So many possibilities.

When I noticed dried chipotle peppers in the spice aisle at the grocery store, I suspected they’d be perfect in this bbq sauce. They add just the right amount of smoky, spicy flavour to this recipe.

BBQ sauce with a basting brush.

Main ingredients

I usually keep this recipe pretty simple, but if you want to take this sauce to the next level there are a few additional flavourings you could add to this refined sugar-free bbq sauce.

One really delicious addition would be caramelized onions. Just sauté some chopped onions in a pan in a bit of olive oil until they’re dark golden brown, then stir them into the barbecue sauce. It’s absolutely delicious.

Another addition for those who like their bbq sauce spicy would be some fresh jalapeños or any chilli peppers you prefer. Leave the seeds in for tons of extra spice or remove the seeds if you like it a bit milder.

Or add a teaspoon of freshly grated lime zest to the barbecue sauce to add a bit of zing and fresh citrusy flavour that will compliment the tangy sweetness of the sauce.

Fresh garlic instead of garlic powder would be a nice touch too, I just opted for the powder this time to keep things super quick and easy.

This paleo bbq sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. I like to make it in advance and have it ready to go when I feel like barbecuing.

More sauce recipes

  • For another tasty condiment, try this ketchup recipe. It’s perfect with fries, scrambled eggs, or on burgers.
  • Or try this delicious herb sauce. It’s great on fish, seafood, and chicken.
Close up of some barbecue sauce in a white ramekin with a basting brush.
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Paleo BBQ Sauce (Refined Sugar-Free)

This homemade paleo bbq sauce is perfect for summer backyard barbecues or used as a condiment rain or shine.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten-free, paleo, refined sugar-free, summer
Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 38kcal


  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (or substitute any vinegar you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ground chipotle chili pepper
  • 4 tablespoons date paste


  • Add the tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, dried ground chipotle chili pepper, and date paste to a bowl and stir to combine.
  • Makes just under one cup of paleo bbq sauce.


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.


Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg