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An easy and homemade barbecue sauce that is sweetened with dates, made with simple ingredients and ready in under an hour. This is a must make recipe for the summer and is the perfect addition to any backyard barbecue! #datesweetened #sugarfree #barbecuesauce #oilfree #vegan #summerrecipe #veganbarbecue #sauce #dip #side #staple #bestvegan

Date-Sweetened Barbecue Sauce (oil-free)


  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 48 minutes
  • Yield: 32 (2 tablespoon) servings

Description

An easy and homemade barbecue sauce that is sweetened with dates, made with simple ingredients and ready in under an hour. This is a must make recipe for the summer and is the perfect addition to any backyard barbecue!


Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced fire roasted tomatoes*
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/4 cup chopped dates, pitted packed
  • 1/23/4 cup water, or as needed to reach your desired consistency (we used 3/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: 1/8–1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • Optional: Dash of ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Saute garlic and onion. 3 minutes
  2. Add in tomato paste, paprika, and cloves. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, except the salt and pepper, and turn up the heat to medium high until they come to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. You can taste as you go along and adjust, if you like, but I recommend NOT adding more molasses or dates until you’ve pureed in step 4. The dates sweeten the sauce as they cook, and they’ll add even more sweetness when you puree.
  5. When your 30 minutes are up, remove the pan from the heat and allow for it to cool for about 10 minutes. Transfer it into a high-speed blender and run until smooth.
  6. At this point, you sauce may be ready to bottle and refrigerate (It will keep for up to a week.).
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste and adjust seasonings as desired. If it does need anything else, turn the heat on medium low, and let any additions cook for a few minutes before you taste again.

Notes

  • You can use plain canned diced tomatoes too, the fire roasted just adds another layer of flavor!
  • The nutrition facts do not take into consideration the addition of salt to taste.
  • This barbecue sauce will last about 10-14 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 33 minutes
  • Category: Barbecue, Sauce, Summer
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Oil-Free, Date-Sweetened

Keywords: Vegan, Oil-Free, Date-Sweetened, barbecue, sauce, homemade