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Easy and delicious DIY BBQ sauce + Vitamix Giveaway

October 3rd, 2013 1 Comment


Coming from a Texan, the “delicious” title is an honor for this recipe ;)

I am actually shocked at how rich the flavor is.  You’ll understand why in a second.

Kitty, my BFF from college, just turned Paleo for health reasons so she has to make a lot of condiments herself: ketchup, mayo, etc. She found this BBQ sauce recipe on one of her go-to blogs HomemadeByMommy where Lindsey “makes real food in a fake food world” AND works in the corporate world.  On top of healthy recipes, Lindsey does a monthly giveaway. In October, you can enter to win a Vitamix!  

Back to the sauce.  The ingredients are nothing fancy. All blended in a Vitamix. It came out smooth, smokey, and as I said, surprisingly delicious. Use with ribs or chicken. It will be a staple at my parties when I can’t get my hands on Goode Company sauce.


  • 4 soft, fresh medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle pepper, or to taste (or cayenne)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Optional addition: 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • ½ cup gluten-free, low-sodium tamari


Cover the dates with 1 cup of warm water to soak for at least 10 minutes.
While the ribs are parboiling, make the barbecue sauce.
Transfer the dates to a food processor, reserving the soak water.* Pulse briefly to break them up. Add ¾ cup of the soak water and process until a paste begins to form, scraping down the sides frequently. Add the tomato paste, mustard, cider vinegar, salt, pepper and spices through cinnamon and pulse a few times to combine. Scrape down the sides and process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings, if desired. If you like horseradish, stir in a tablespoon. Set aside for the flavors to meld.
Coat meat and save some for dipping!
Yield: 4 servings plus about ¾ cup extra BBQ sauce


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