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A mason jar holds red orange, date BBQ sauce.
5 from 3 votes

Date BBQ Sauce

Author - Gena Hamshaw
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yields: 8 servings


  • 6 pitted Medjool dates (90 g, or a scant 3/4 cup)
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce (substitute a scant 2 cups tomato purée)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos (or 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce)
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch cayenne pepper (optional)


  • 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.