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.
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 40minutes
Total Time 45minutes
Course Sauces and Dressings
Keyword homemade bbq sauce
Date Sweetened Healthy BBQ Sauce from Glue & Glitter, https://www.glueandglitter.com/date-sweetened-homemade-bbq-sauce/