Date Sweetened Healthy BBQ Sauce
This healthy BBQ sauce gets its sweetness from dates and blackstrap molasses. Use it just like you would store-bought BBQ sauce!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons mild chili powder
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- pinch of cloves
- 1 14.5 ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes If you can’t find fire roasted, plain diced tomatoes will work fine.
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
- 1/4 cup chopped dates packed
- 1/4 teaspoon vegan worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
In a small saucepan on medium heat, combine the garlic tomato paste, chili powder, paprika, and cloves. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients, except the salt and pepper, and turn up the heat to medium high until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. You can taste as you go along and adjust, if you like, but I recommend NOT adding more molasses or dates until you’ve pureed it. The dates sweeten the sauce as they cook, and they’ll release even more sweetness when you puree.
When your 30 minutes are up, remove the pan from the heat, then use your immersion blender to puree into a nice, smooth sauce. If you don’t have an immersion blender, let the sauce cool a bit, then transfer to a regular blender.
At this point, you sauce may be ready to bottle and refrigerate (It will keep for up to a week.). Taste it, and see if it needs any adjusting. This is where you’ll stir in salt and pepper, to taste. If it does need anything else, blend again after adding, before you taste again.