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Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce


Don’t you just love a good BBQ sauce? One that can work for just about any recipe, any dip? When I first learned about eating healthy and why I should avoid ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and preservatives, I was really bummed at how limiting that made shopping for condiment foods like ketchup, mayonnaise, and BBQ sauce. For a while I just went without until I realized I could make my own at home for a fraction of the price!

If you’re starting out and feel defeated like I did about the junk that gets put into sauces and condiments, then you’ll love my recipe. This is a tomato base BBQ sauce, which means it can also be used as a ketchup, if you like it a little zippy. It’s especially a great marinade for chicken too.

Also, I wrote 4T-7T of molasses, meaning if you want your sweet & spicy more on the sweet side, use 7T. If you like your sweet and spicy on the spicy side, use 4T.

Simmering is key here so take your time and allow your house to smell like a BBQ smoke house.

If you love this recipe, try my paleo mayo too!

Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Servings: 1 1/2 cups sauce

Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce


  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4T-7T molasses (your preference)
  • 6 oz. (1 can) tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cup beef stock (or any stock)


  1. Grab yourself a big pot that has a lid.
  2. Place all ingredients into the pot, mix together and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmer for an hour, or until you've reached the desired thickness for your sauce.
  4. About every 10-15 minutes I stir the sauce, just to make sure it's not sticking to the bottom or getting too thick.
  5. Voila! Your BBQ sauce is ready to eat!


I make this sauce about once a week. It is a fantastic dipping sauce and it goes great on sandwiches too! My husband puts some of it in a squeeze bottle and takes it to work with him to put on whatever he's eating for the day. It's that good.

Nutrition Facts

Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

Serves 1 Tablespoon

Amount Per Serving
Calories 24.6g
% Daily Value*
Total Fat .126g 0.2%
Saturated Fat 0
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 428.6mg 17.9%
Total Carbohydrate 5.484g 1.8%
Dietary Fiber .467g 1.9%
Sugars 3.559g
Protein .71g
Vitamin A Vitamin C
Calcium Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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