Paleo BBQ Sauce

Sweetened with fruit juice, this Paleo BBQ sauce does not contain processed sugar. It’s super tasty, easy to make, and perfect for those who stick to a real food diet.

I made this Whole30 compliant BBQ sauce because lately several readers have been asking me for paleo condiments that do not contain white sugar, or even natural sweeteners such as honey.

Paleo BBQ Sauce

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Servings 2 cups



  • Warm oil in a saucepan over medium heat
  • Add garlic and shallot; cook until soft
  • Add tomato paste, orange juice, vinegar, mustard, paprika, salt, and pepper
  • Simmer 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often
  • Baste over chicken
  • Marinate in fridge for 1-3 hours
  • Grill
  • Serve
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
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Spring is in full bloom here in Colorado and it’s gorgeous. Bright clear days in the high 70’s, perfect for hiking, taking the boys to the park, and breaking out the grill!

In order to get my BBQ bearings I went to On that site, I learned that there are three types of barbecue sauce –tomato, mustard, or vinegar. Unfortunately, each of these types generally contains a significant amount of sugar. I decided to use the Basic Tomato BBQ sauce recipe as a map, adding and subtracting from it to create this new lower glycemic BBQ sauce recipe.

Feel free to use this gluten-free barbecue sauce creatively. I imagine it would be delicious on pasta or a sandwich –I must have eaten half a batch by mopping it up with bread the night I first made it.

Here are some of my other paleo condiment recipes:


32 responses to “Paleo BBQ Sauce”

  1. Until your Paleo BBQ Sauce, I thought BBQ was a treat something we had to give up due to the overload of sugar – thank you.

  2. Elana,
    I am so thrilled to stumble across your website! The food is amazing and so healthy. I finally found recipes that are delicious and HEALTHY. You dont have any crazy ingredients that i have to go out and buy and then use only once! Thank you so much and keep up the good work. Keep the recipes coming!!

    • Rosa, I’m so happy to meet you here and am heartened that we are on this healthy eating journey together :-)

  3. I’m wondering if I threw these ingredients in a crockpot with some chicken breast of it would come out like pulled chicken. That’s how I’ve made it with jarred BBQ sauce before but I have been searching everywhere for a recipe like this without all the sugar!

  4. This recipe looks great, however, I’m allergic to paprika (and all peppers for that matter). Any ideas for things I could substitute? Or do you think the sauce would still taste ok without it?

  5. Hi Elana:

    just stubble across your website, love it! I am going to try that Barbeque Sauce. One question I cannot have orange juice could you let me know what I can use instead? Thanks much!

  6. Hi Elana, I love your web-site(just wanted to let you know that.) I saw your beautiful barbeque sauce recipe, and I was wondering if you had a ketchup recipe that you could share? Thanks

  7. I have been wanting a sugar free BBQ sauce recipe for a very long time. This looks great! I can’t wait to try it. Still enough summer left to grill out and enjoy. Thank you, Elana!

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