BBQ Sauce

This homemade BBQ sauce has less than a quarter the sugar compared to some store-bought brands.

BBQ Sauce
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Roast Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
3 2/3 cups


  • 6 medium roma tomatoes

  • 1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges

  • 2 fresh jalapeño chile peppers, halved and seeded*

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste

  • cup cider vinegar

  • 2 pitted whole Medjool dates

  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a 15x10-inch baking pan with foil. Add tomatoes, onion, jalapeño peppers, and garlic; drizzle with oil. Roast 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender and lightly charred.

  2. In a large saucepan combine roasted vegetables and remaining ingredients. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally; cool slightly. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. (Or transfer to a blender or food processor; cover and blend or process until smooth.) Store in refrigerator up to 2 months or freeze up to 3 months.


Chile peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes. Wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with them.


For a spicier version, leave seeds in one or both of the jalapeño peppers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

25 Calories
1g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 29
Calories 25
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Sodium 67mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 6.3mg 32%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Potassium 143mg 3%
Folate, total 5.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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