Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce

Everybody should have an easy BBQ sauce recipe that they can use whenever the mood strikes! This super simple Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce contains no refined sugars, is paleo friendly and takes under 20 minutes to put together!

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Homemade BBQ Sauce is surprisingly easy to make once you have the right formula! We love our Sweet & Smoky BBQ sauce because it’s so simple to make and is a great sauce for so many dishes! For this recipe all you need to do is add all of your ingredients to a pot and simmer away!

Usually barbecue sauces you buy at the store are laden with hard-to-pronounce ingredients and so much sugar. While our recipe has sugar because we like it sweet, we opt for a cleaner alternative and use refined-sugar-free coconut sugar. We also skip the addition of ketchup and use a mix of tomato paste and tomato sauce to get the Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce just right.

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Paleo Barbecue Sauce Ingredients

What I love most about this recipe is how much control you have over the ingredients for this homemade BBQ sauce. While I’ve got nothing against ketchup, unless you are buying a really high-quality brand there can be some suspect ingredients in it. So we ditched the traditional ketchup and instead use tomato sauce and tomato paste! We’re using coconut sugar here as well, to keep this refined-sugar-free, but if you didn’t have that on hand you could swap it with maple syrup or even organic brown sugar.

  • Tomato Sauce (buy organic, if you can!)
  • Tomato Paste
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Molasses
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ground Mustard
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne (optional)
  • Onion powder
  • Salt and Pepper

Homemade barbecue Sauce being brushed on ribs

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Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 00:20 Yields 2 cups



  1. Add all ingredients to a large pot and mix together until combined.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, and then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes or until the bbq sauce has thickened. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  3. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 6 months.

Recipe Notes

  • *Worcestershire sauce often contains soy, wheat, and sugar, if you can't find a clean brand in your store, omit and add an additional 1/2 tbsp of molasses
  • **Smoked paprika gives this BBQ sauce it's nice smoky flavor!
  • Yields roughly two cups!
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