Whole30 + Keto BBQ Sauce Recipe and Video – a low carb homemade Tessemae’s BBQ sauce copycat. Ready in 10 minutes! 7 ingredients. Paleo, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegan, clean eating, real food.

BBQ sauce in a mason jar

You are going to LOVE how easy this Whole30 + Keto BBQ sauce is! It is ready to eat in 10 minutes. I’m serious. Now that I know how easy it is to make a healthy, sugar free BBQ sauce I’m never going to buy store bought again.

It is healthy, with just 7 easy ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Have you read the ingredients on store bought BBQ sauce? PACKED with sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Homemade is for sure the way to go.

The best part? You can’t even tell it is sweetened naturally. Still sweet and thick and tangy, with the added bonus of being much healthier for you.

brushing bbq sauce on a chicken breast

Tessemae’s BBQ Sauce Copycat

I went to buy Tessemae’s at the store, and it was sold out! ? I asked the Whole Foods manager, and he said Tessemae’s BBQ sauce was out of stock for the foreseeable future, even on their website and Amazon.

It is July! I need my BBQ sauce!

So I set out to make my own. I read the ingredients on the label of my almost empty Tessemae’s bottle, and tried to recreate it at home. After a few tries, I got it right! A perfect Tessemae’s BBQ sauce copycat recipe.

Steps to making homemade bbq sauce

Whole30 + Keto BBQ Sauce Ingredients

This BBQ sauce is made with balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, pitted dates (use monk fruit for keto!), dijon mustard, coconut aminos, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. That’s it! All real ingredients that make it a paleo, Whole30 approved, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and vegan BBQ sauce.

I add all the ingredients to a pan to slowly warm so the flavors can marry, and also to get the pitted dates soft and plump so they blend really well.

After it warms on the stove for 5 minutes, I add all the ingredients to my blender and blend on high for 2 minutes. When it’s done blending, it’s ready to start eating. It’s that easy.

BBQ sauce in a mason jar

Storing Whole30 + Keto BBQ Sauce

I find that this BBQ sauce is best when it is thick, so when I brush it on meat and grill it, the BBQ sauce really stays on. I hate when it’s too runny and drips off. But this is personal preference. If you like your BBQ sauce thinner, just add water and blend again until it reaches the consistency you like.

I store my BBQ sauce in wide mouth pint mason jars. This recipes makes about 2-1/2 cups. I use 1/2 cup right away on whatever I’m cooking, and the rest fits perfectly in the mason jar.

I also love using wide mouth pint mason jars because they’re freezer friendly! I like to make a double batch, freeze 2 pints, and leave the rest in the fridge.

Watch How to Make BBQ Sauce Recipe Video

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Whole30 + Keto BBQ Sauce

  • Author: Tastes Lovely
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2.5 cups 1x




  1. Heat a sauce pan over medium low heat. Add all ingredients, stir to combine, and bring to a low simmer for 5 minutes. You don’t want it to boil, just get warmed through. Heating will allow the flavors to marry (and soften the dates if making with dates).
  2. Transfer the BBQ sauce to a blender, and blend on high speed for 2 minutes. (Careful blending warm liquids in blenders! I love my Vitamix, it can blend hot liquid without issue.)
  3. I like my bbq sauce thick so it really sticks to the meat I grill. If you like yours thinner, add water and blend until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Store in an airtight container or wide mouth pint mason jar. Will keep in the fridge for at least 3 months, or frozen for 1 year.

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