Traditional BBQ sauces, while delicious, are typically crammed with sugar and other ingredients that aren’t necessarily necessary. Naturally, ours uses dates to add a sweetness that tames the spice.
Date syrup is perfect for BBQ sauce, as it compliments the smokey, dark caramel flavors from the soy and cider. It’s a perfect marinade, dipping sauce or BBQ primer to throw on any number of veggies or meats.
Here, we coated some skewered chicken thighs in a thin layer of sauce and threw them in the oven under the broiler for a little under 10 minutes. When they came out, we added a touch more sauce, as well as some fresh mint and cilantro to brighten it up.
The whole recipe is refined sugar-free, paleo, and Whole30-approved.
Makes: ½ cup Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes
¼ cup Just Date Syrup
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 chipotle in adobo, plus 1 teaspoon sauce
2 tablespoons warm water
1. In a medium bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until combined.
2. In a small saucepan over low heat, add the bbq sauce mixture. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and cook until slightly reduced and thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.