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Paleo BBQ Sauce

How long after man drove a steak through a cut of wild meat and roasted it over a spitfire did we decide to cook down tomatoes and spices and baste our beasts in a glaze of glory? I can’t answer that, but I do know this modern convenience is an off-the-shelf  staple of the modern pantry. But so full of refined sugars, preservatives and artificial flavors, this processed sauce you’ve come to know and love is off limits now that the old fashioned ways of Paleo days are coming back.

But fear not, I’ve come up with a way to satisfy those slow roasted and fire grilled meat – and meaty veggie – cravings with my slow simmered, delicious and refined sugar free Paleo BBQ Sauce. You’ll love it, I promise!

Paleo BBQ Sauce

Difficulty: Easy

Total Time to Make: 40

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 8

Paleo BBQ Sauce
Paleo BBQ Sauce


  • 8 oz (1 can) organic tomato sauce
  • 6 oz (1 can) organic tomato paste
  • 1 small white onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons mustard (or mustard powder)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Celtic sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso (optional)
  • 2 sweet apples (or 1 sweet and 1 tart)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil


  1. Peel, core and dice apples. Add to food processor or bullet blender with tomato sauce, garlic, onion, oil and vinegar. Process until smooth, then strain into a medium pot.
  2. Heat pot over medium high heat. Add tomato paste, instant coffee, salt and spices. Stir and bring to a simmer.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes, until sauce is thickened to your liking. Stir occasionally.
  4. Remove pot from heat. Pour sauce over favorite grilled or barbecued meats, or store in air tight container and refrigerate.

Enjoy this amazing all natural sauce on chicken, ribs, beef and bison burgers – even pizza, veggie patties, and grilled pineapple! In fact, for a sweeter, tangier sauce, substitute fresh pineapple puree for the mashed apples. It will give this sauce n’ dip the awesome kick your cookouts have been missing. And add even more spices and flavors to the espresso, like cocoa, roasted chiles, or sun-dried tomatoes for an even deeper expression of your appreciation for your body, the planet, and the Paleolithic era. All in sauce form, of course. ¡Salud!

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