This homemade slow cooker BBQ sauce recipe is healthy being both whole30 compliant and paleo but still packed with flavor.
We are rocking and rolling with whole 30 this January and loving it. Most of my meals aren’t fancy. I think I’ve had potatoes, ground turkey and tomatoes 3 days in a row now. But I’m not complaining, it still tasted great. I know however I can be more creative. I’m going to start taking some of my favorite meals and converting them to be whole 30 compliant. Starting with this barbecue sauce. I know it’s not a meal but I will be using on several meals in the near future. I took me a couple rounds of testing before posting this here and even now I’m sure it will be tweaked over the next couple months. It is guinea pig approved though, actually guinea pig loved. Guinea pig = husband.
This can also be made on the stove. Throw all the ingredients in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until blended. Turn heat to low and cook 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally. It’s better though made in the slow cooker. Heating the ingredients low and slow for a couple hours really unlocks the flavors.
This sauce is on the tangy side in my opinion. I suggest you taste it and add minor tweaks so it’s to your liking. If you want your sauce a little sweeter then add more dates. If it’s too thick and you want it sweet, add more orange juice but if it’s too thick and you want it ‘sour’ add a tad more vinegar, etc. Since this includes onions and dates you will need to run this through a blender or food processor to achieve a sauce consistency.
- 15 ounces tomato sauce
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1 cup orange juice
- ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 small onion, diced very thinly
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1½ tsp mustard powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- ½ tsp basil
- ¼ tsp liquid smoke
- 5-6 fresh dates, chopped (optional)
- Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker.
- Stir to mix well.
- Cook HIGH 1-2 hours or LOW 2-3.
- Blend in food processor or immersion blender until smooth.
This makes approximately 2 cups & stores in the frig for up to 2 weeks. Or you can freeze it.If you end of making modifications to the taste of the sauce, let me know in the comments below what you did. Curious minds want to know.