Nightshade-Free BBQ Sauce (AIP)
This nightshade free BBQ sauce is the perfect condiment if you don’t tolerate traditional BBQ sauce! It is paleo, vegan and AIP-friendly.
What is nightshade-free BBQ sauce?
Nightshades include foods like tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, and red spices. Many people follow nightshade-free diets (including those who follow an AIP template) so finding a compliant BBQ sauce is hard! Storebought options can be a bit pricy, but luckily you can easily make it at home!
This BBQ sauce is perfect as an easy dip or use as a substitute in whatever recipe calls for BBQ sauce! It is made gluten-free, nightshade-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free.
Why this Nightshade-free BBQ Sauce is awesome
It’s made with healthy ingredients
It is made free of gluten, nightshades, soy, and refined sugar. No junk in this sauce!
It’s so easy to make
All you have to do is combine the ingredients and blend them, no cooking involved! Couldn’t be easier.
This nomato sauce makes the BBQ sauce nightshade-free!
Medjool Dates & Backstrap Molasses
These give the sauce natural sweetner.
Balsamic Vinegar, Coconut Aminos & Apple Cider Vinegar
These all give the BBQ sauce its classic tangy flavor!
Garlic, Onion Powder, Ginger Powder, Smoked Salt & Black Pepper
These round out the flavor of the BBQ sauce beautifully! You can omit the pepper for AIP.
How to Make Nightshade-free BBQ Sauce
- Soak the dates: If the dates are hard, soak in warm water for 10 minutes until soft. Drain the excess water and pat the dates dry.
- Blend the ingredients: Add all of the ingredients to a highspeed blender and blend until fully incorporated. Taste the BBQ sauce and season further to taste in desired, or add water for a thinner sauce.
- Finish & serve: Store in the fridge in glass for 3-4 days (or freeze) and use it as a BBQ sauce substitute.
Can you make this sauce without sweetener?
Since this isn’t a spicy sauce, I feel like it really needs the sweetener to round out the flavor. The blackstrap molasses also adds a lot to the texture of the sauce.
Can you make it ahead of time? How do you store it?
Yes! It stores great in the fridge in glass for 3-4 days. I’ve also frozen it and it freezes great.
What you can serve this sauce with?
Use this sauce as a swap for anywhere that you’d usually use BBQ sauce, like…
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This nightshade free BBQ sauce is the perfect summertime condiment! It is paleo, vegan and AIP.
- 3 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp nomato sauce
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 3 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp + 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 3/4 tsp ginger powder
- 3/4 tsp smoked salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
- Optional – 2 tbsp water (for a thinner sauce)
- If the dates are hard, soak in warm water for 10 minutes until soft. Drain the excess water and pat the dates dry.
- Add all of the ingredients to a highspeed blender and blend until fully incorporated.
- Taste the BBQ sauce and season further to taste in desired, or add water for a thinner sauce.
- Store in the fridge in glass for 3-4 days (or freeze) and use as a BBQ sauce substitute. To enjoy the sauce heated, heat in a small sauce pan for 2-3 minutes while stirring.
All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.
- Prep Time: 10
- Category: Dips
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 69
- Fat: 0.1g
- Carbohydrates: 17.6g
- Fiber: 0.6g