Pour boiling water over the dates. Allow them to soak for ten minutes. Drain them.
Add the dates and all remaining sauce ingredients to a powerful blender. Blend till smooth.
At this point, you can use the sauce or simmer it to intensify its flavor. If you wish to do that, transfer the date BBQ sauce to a medium saucepan. Bring it to a simmer and simmer, uncovered, for five minutes, stirring frequently. Serve or store.