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A spoon in a jar of BBQ sauce with sauce dripping out of jar
Course condiment, Sauce

Healthy BBQ Sauce

By: Elysia
Servings 16 servings
This easy homemade and healthy BBQ sauce comes together quickly and easily in one pot. Perfect to stir into pulled pork, add to meatloaves or use as a dip. Made with no added artificial sugar, it's paleo and vegan and ready to use in less than 30 minutes.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins


  • 2 cups tomato sauce (in the can)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp tamari sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon


  • Place a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat.
  • Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, tamari and mustard to the pan. Stir to combine.
  • Add in spices including the onion powder, chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  • Allow mixture to come to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook for about 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Monitor it carefully because if the heat is too high, the mixture will start to boil and splatter.
  • Use immediately or store in the fridge for later use.


  • The tomato sauce you use should just consist of tomato paste, water and spices.
  • Store this BBQ sauce in a mason jar since it's freezer friendly or divide into an ice cube tray if you want to take out only small portions at a time.
  • Sir the sauce frequently when making it so that it doesn't stick to the pan and burn.
  • Makes 2 cups of BBQ sauce or 16 servings. One serving = 2 tablespoons. Nutritional information is based on 2 tablespoons of sauce.


Calories: 22kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 296mgPotassium: 130mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 231IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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