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. DE. LISH. IOUS!! Omg. I’ve looked everywhere for a BBQ that doesn’t call for sugar and lots of it. This is sweet but spicy. Absolutely perfect. Thank u!!

  2. This may be a dumb question, but I just want to make sure I’m reading the recipe right….is it ONE 6 ounce can of tomato paste or is at a 16 ounce can…just can’t tell if there is a space between the 1 and 6! Thanks!!

  3. I just made this, but subbed the spices with two jalapeños. So spicy, sweet, and delicious! I definitely recommend it.

  4. Instead of using fresh tomatoes, I wanted to use a box of the POMI tomatoes since they are wonderful. Do you know about how many cups of diced tomatoes you use so I can measure out the box of diced POMI tomatoes?

  5. i’m worried about the three tomatoes…how big should they be or better yet what should they weigh? I’m temptet to buy the smaller more flavorsome tomatoes

  6. I made this last week and absolutely LOVED it, as did my boyfriend. What a fantastic idea, to use the pineapple to sweeten the sauce! So happy I stumbled across your recipe!

    1. I made this this weekend and in my opinion 1 tsp of cayenne was way too spicy for my husband and I, but i mixed in some extra mayo and now it is way more palatable! Is everyone else’s batches coming out spicy or is it just me being a wimp ha ha??

  7. Thanks so much for such a wide variety of recipes. I am tasked with cooking meals for events at my church. I try hard to choose things that are Paleo friendly and also so good that the non paleo eaters never know the difference. I appreciate all the great choices. This week pulled pork with optional Beastly BBQ. After all the great reviews I can’t wait to do my shopping and get to cooking! Thanks for making my life easier.

  8. I’m in the process of making this now and didn’t realise I was out of apple cider vinegar. NOT going to the shop for a 3rd time, hope its not going to make too much of a difference. lol

  9. This stuff is amazeballs. I added a bit of liquid smoke but other than that kept it as is. Served it on pulled pork for a party (to all non-Paleo peeps) and everyone raved about it. Thanks, George!

  10. An absolutely delicious bbq sauce! I made this tonight and can’t wait to smother the pulled pork with it tomorrow that has been marinating in a dry rub for a day. My sauce is not as thick as I wanted it to be. Do you have any suggestions on how to thicken it before smothering my pulled pork with it?

  11. Where do you find paleo dijon mustard? Most of the various mustards I’ve come across have non-paleo ingredients. Could you substitute it for another mustard too?

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