For the last 4 or 5 years I’ve generally followed a Paleo diet with an occasional detour here and there (I gotta have a real cheeseburger every once in a while). I haven’t really looked into Whole30 before but I have some friends who decided to do a Whole30 diet. They are going to be at a Super Bowl party tomorrow and I’m smoking some pork butts for the party. I created a rub that is Whole 30 compliant which was sadly missing sugar but still tasted pretty good. I needed a sauce to go with it though. I knew Whole 30 was more restrictive but didn’t realize how much so until starting on this Whole30 BBQ Sauce.
I read a number of blog posts and took some notes and then I set out to create a sauce. I had to taste as I went. Writing down every little bit of ingredients that I added. It turned out not to be very many different ingredients but I was adding things 1 tsp or 1 tbsp at a time so it took a while. This ended up making a pretty large batch.
In the end though, it turned out pretty good. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Have any ideas for variations or changes? Hit me up in the comments!
- 8 pitted dates
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- 1 cup pineapple juice (make sure it is 100% pineapple – read the label)
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp chile powder
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp liquid smoke
- Mix all ingredients EXCEPT the liquid smoke in a sauce pan and simmer over low for 5 minutes. Yes, even the dates
- After 5 minutes of simmering, transfer to a blender and blend until smooth
- Pour back into sauce pan and added liquid smoke
- Rinse blender with water and pour into sauce pan (don’t want to leave any of that sauce behind!)
- This amounted to about 1 cup of water total.
- Simmer for around 15 minutes. It is done when you have your desired thickness.