Beasty BBQ Sauce

bbq sauce

Some of the most rewarding moments for me in the kitchen are when I am able to recreate recipes I didn’t think possible. Before I was paleo or knew how to cook, I was addicted to eating large pepperoni pizzas smothered in Ranch dressing and BBQ sauce. Those stories are for a lot longer post and I already wrote it. You can read about the 26 things you didn’t know about me or about my struggle with binge eating and bulimia. Being able to make foods at home that blow processed, gmo’ed, junk foods out of the water with taste is really supportive when maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s also a lot cheaper.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

I have people ask me all the time how to make bbq sauce. You can get on google and there are a few million results on how to make bbq sauce or specifically homemade bbq sauce. I am going to share a super secret, you only need two tools and some fresh ingredients. The two tools you need are:

That is it. To break down the process for making homemade bbq sauce almost seems too simple to be real. I was thinking about making it an infographic but it would be so small it wouldn’t even make a good text message. Here are the three steps to making an amazing homemade bbq sauce:

  1. Combine all of your ingredients in your pan
  2. Bring to a simmer for 60-90 minutes
  3. Blend with your immersion blender and enjoy

One of my favorite things to do is to make double or triple batches of this recipe and keep them in the freezer so I NEVER run out. Seriously, you can use this bbq sauce on anything you can imagine. Some of my favorite ways to use this sauce is on:

What is your favorite recipe to use this BBQ sauce with or your favorite way to eat it? Leave me a comment below so I can try something new.

I feel like that is enough information about bbq sauce today. The only thing missing is the official taste testing research that you get to go start now. Please come back and report your findings so we can update our research :)

4.8 from 15 reviews
Beasty BBQ Sauce
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Serves: 4 cups
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 (6 ounce) can of tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 can of diced pineapple (8 ounces for not to sweet, 20 ounce for sweeter)
  1. Combine all ingredients above in a sauce pan and place on stove over medium heat stirring frequently
  2. Once your sauce starts to boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 60 minutes
  3. Once your sauce has simmered, turn off the heat and pour your sauce into a blender or food processor and run until you get a nice smooth sauce consistency
  4. Return to the pan to keep warm or place on the food of your choice
  5. Store in the refrigerator
  6. Enjoy

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  1. Hi! Curious of there’s any substitute for the mustard or if it can be completely left out? My husband has an allergy to all things mustard (seed, flour, dijon, etc.), so things like bbq sauces, meat rubs, slaws, and even potato or macaroni salads have to be carefully checked before he can eat them. Thanks in advance! =)

  2. george, i just had to tell ya that i make this sauce all the time!! it’s the only bbq sauce i ever make so i’ve actually memorized it haha you really outdid yourself with this recipe. totally awesome, buddy!

  3. Hey George

    Firstly, I just want to say that your website is my go to site for Paleo! I’ve made sooo many of your recipes and I love them all.
    This is my first time making this sauce and so I only made 1/3 of the recipe just to try it. It’s really tomato-ey and so I must have gone a little overboard with the paste or something. I want to try and rectify it and wondered what you would recommend adding? I like a sweet and smokey bbq sauce, not a tomato-ey sauce. Before I ruin it completely by adding more of everything else other than tomatoes, is there anything you’d recommend as a quick fix?

  4. I’m going to make this today to go with the pulled pork but wanted to ask what type of tomatoes you used? Smaller ones like romas? Or larger like beefsteak? Thanks!

  5. Hi,

    Can you use white vinegar instead of apple cider? I’m making the hickory smoked pulled pork and plan to use this on top!

  6. Do you have a weight of tomatoes or amount of diced tomatoes to be used. 3 tomatoes can vary a lot depending on the size of the tomatoes.

  7. This is the most awesome bbq sauce!! Love that it’s not only super delicious but composed of just veggies and fruits :)
    Used the sauce with one of your chuck roast recipes last night and it turned out tasty!

  8. Great sauce, and Texan approved. :-) I’ve modified it a bit and substituted 1 cup of organic non-HFCS ketchup for the tomatoes and tomato sauce and used garlic and onion powder so I don’t have to puree anything. And no pineapple because it has just the right amount of sweetness. Not Whole30 for sure, but since a little goes a long way, I’m not too concerned about the small amount of sugar. Great flavor!

    1. You can find lots of recipes online to make your own (Paleo or GAPS) ketchup. You can also ferment the ketchup so that it has a long shelf life (in the fridge) just like store bought ketchup. It takes about 20 minutes to increase the recipe to yield a quart sized batch (I always make a bigger amount so that I only have to do it a few times a year).

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