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SoG Zesty BBQ Zauce

June 12th, 2009
Primal BBQ Sauce

Primal BBQ Sauce

My good buddy Roger De Rok and I were out doing arroyo sprints yesterday (sprints in a sandy arroyo.. they will WRECK you). It is about a 45 minute walk to and from the arroyo through the desert with the lizards and jackrabbits (100s of them)  and it makes for good talk time. Roger told me about a debate spurred recently on MDA about what the most primally acceptable BBQ sauce was.

Well it just so happens that I created a 100% primal and 100% delicious barbecue sauce last week when I made some BBQ brisket. I wanted to make bbq but I wanted it primal so I researched a bunch, made myself an expert on bbq sauce and adapted a primal recipe version. I decided to replicate the results for measurements so I could give the recipe to all of you. Here it is and wowzas is it good. I could (and did) eat this stuff by the spoonful.

SoG Zesty Barbecue Zauce

- 1 6oz can tomato paste (preferable organic)
- 1 to 1.5 cups of beef stock (I made my own but if you buy, you want it without salt)
- 3 Cloves Garlic
- .5 of an onion
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons chili powder

1. Dice your onions and garlic as fine as possible. You want your BBQ sauce a little chunky but the more fine you dice these, the better the flavor will spread through the entire sauce.
2. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan. Whether you use 1 cup or 1.5 cups of beef stock will depend on how thick you want your sauce.
3. Bring sauce to heat on stove with a low setting.
4. Cover and simmer. Stir frequently and taste regularly. The longer you simmer, the more consistent your flavor will be. I simmered for 20-30 minutes.
5. Enjoy!

Extra can be stored in refrigerator.

Who said BBQ can’t be primal? I can just imagine this spread over a nice Bacon Explosion! I am using some of my sauce for rotisserie chicken tonight.

P.S. You can probably substitute garlic and onion powders for the fresh garlic and onion for a slacker sauce.

73 Responses to “SoG Zesty BBQ Zauce”

  1. Jedidja

    Looks great :)

  2. FoodRenegade

    A “slacker” sauce. :P I just love the way you talk, SoG!

    This looks delightful, but I’ll let you in on a little secret. It sounds a bit scary, but it’s oh so worth it. Add a bit of ground up anchovies to the sauce. (Or, if you can find a decent Worcestershire sauce that’s not packed full of preservatives & other bad for you stuff, you can use it.) It’ll liven up the sauce in just the right way, AND it will give you all those good-for-you fish oils and sea minerals.

    Thanks for submitting this to Fight Back Fridays today.

    (AKA FoodRenegade)

  3. Matthew

    Nice SoG!

    Another thing you can try (if you don’t already) is too marinate the meat in your sauce (maybe a little more vinegar for acid if you do), and then boil the marinade together with the juice that comes out of the meat while it cooks and rests. You can boil it down pretty thick and save it, or spoon it on the meat.

    If you save some of the sauce, it makes a good starter for soup or pot roast or something like that

  4. Kelly the Kitchen Kop

    Recently when I went to a specialty store to buy the barbecue sauce we like that doesn’t have any crap in it, and paid $7 for a pint, it hit me how dumb that was. So I’m going to try your recipe – I’m guessing it will cost a fraction of what I was paying. :)

  5. Roger De Rok

    Making this ASAP now that I’ve heard about how good it is 2 weeks in a row and the pics leave me wanting BBQ!

  6. Marc Feel Good Eating

    That sounds delicious my man!!
    now I know what I’l have for dinner. Ribs with your sauce.


  7. Chris -

    We may have to give this a try. Sauces and condiments are one area that we still “cheat” on and generally use the best store bought stuff we can find.

    This is something we’d like to get away from though and making this doesn’t sound too bad. I’ve also discovered a newfound love of brisket (only had it in a slow cooker before). Smoked Brisket is pretty awesome.

  8. Jonathan

    Thank you for this. I’ve been wanting a good sauce to spice up the dinner.

  9. Trevor

    Hey, just started checking your stuff out over here….but I’m a long time MDA reader.

    Made this last night, and it tasted quite good. I added a bit of cayenne pepper too, because I’m obsessed with it and add it to almost everything.

    I’ve got my soon-to-be pulled pork sitting in my crockpot waiting for some BBQ sauce, and I can’t wait to get home!

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  11. Joe Bernard

    I made this sauce for dinner tonight and it was dynamite! Totally beats the store-bought BBQ sauce I’ve been using for awhile. I was eating it from the pot, lol. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Christian

    The sauce tastes really good… but not sure it really tastes like bbq sauce. But it is really good.

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  15. Mark

    This is fantastic! I have been dying for some BBQ – totally incredible.

    IMO – this is your best recipe to date.

  16. Michelle @ Find Your Balance

    This is totally better than buying premade sauce. Way to go! Perfect for summer.

  17. Meggilizz

    I recently started posting on MDA and found your blog. :) This BBQ sauce looks awesome–thanks!!!

  18. JT

    I made your sauce today and was in heaven! I stood at the kitchen counter tearing my rotis chicken apart and dipping it in the bbq sauce that was still simmering on the stove top.

  19. Mark

    this sauce was so good, i made another batch with the other half of the onion and beef stock i had

  20. Arlo

    My batch is on the stove now! Had to use red wine vinegar, so we’ll see how that goes.

    I was checking out some “BBQ” sauces online and it seemed like all of them were trying to be BBQ sauce, but without the sugar, so they add Splenda.

    I think one of the most exciting things about adopting a new way of eating isn’t really want you’re missing, but what you are gaining. That is, the ability to open your palette and explore ways to make things that taste well with the kind of food you are eating. And this WOE is great, because of it’s focus on food that is as REAL as you can make it.

    Thanks! Can’t wait to try this!

  21. Megan

    Hey SoG, I made this yesterday to go with pork loin I cooked in a crock pot for some primal pulled pork. Good stuff!!!

  22. chocolatechip69

    I loved that stuff so much I canned 6 quarts of it over the weekend. Now all I have to do is crack one of the jars open and enjoy. Hopefully it lasts:) Thank you for the recipe.

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  25. Rebecca

    I just tried your recipe. It was great! It made two cups, and we used a half cup for our grilled pork, and I divided the rest into three half-cup containers and froze them. I’m sure I’ll be making this often! Thanks!

  26. Richard Nikoley


    You’re a lifesaver, man. There’s just nothing you can get in the store under about 15g sugar for 2 T. I’ve got three enormous BB racks in the oven, dry rubbed & wrapped, 200 for 4hrs before the finish on the grill.

    And I’ going to whip up this sauce. I’ll blog it and send some folks your way.

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  29. Liz

    LOVE this sauce! I’ve made it four times in the past month. It’s so tangy and flavorful without a ton of sugar or hassle. I’ve got some simmering right now to throw in with pulled pork I’m making tomorrow.

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  38. Chris

    oh. this is delicious. just made (and ate) my fist batch with a plate full of ribs. i will be making more. much, much, more.

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  43. Richard

    Used this to roast some rabbit out in the woods today. Tasted awesome.

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  45. Cat

    I made this sauce today to have with pulled pork to replace the BBQ sauce they give you that tastes like straight sugar. This sauce was awesome! Has anyone figured out the nutritional content for this sauce of fat:protein:carbs breakup? I imagine it is not much but just wanted to put it into Fitday… Thank you!

  46. RobbieC

    Made this tonight…

    Wanted it a little sweeter, so added a half cup of organic unsweetened apple sauce, plus a tsp of cayenne pepper, too.

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  48. Ryan

    I tried this recipe this weekend, and it rocked! This was my second attempt at a paleo BBQ sauce (the first was NOT a success), so I am extremely thankful for your recipe. Well done!

  49. Faith

    You are a lifesaver! I was going to a bbq with people and I was going to be pretty sad without any sauce for my meat while being taunted by other people eating delicious sauce haha.

    Awesome blog!!! I’m excited to try out your recipes.

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    Just tried out the sauce with my husband last night and we were both impressed. It was great with steak but we were really excited that it will be perfect with anything. Nice job.

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  58. Bilal

    This recipe is very yummy! barbecue sauce
    is my favorite dish.This recipe is wonderful,i will try.

  59. tlhughes03

    Thanks so much for this! My husband just jumped on the Paleo train w me & his one most lamented condiment was bbq sauce! He really enjoyed this & we changed things up a bit to our liking. Like, I only added a small squirt of dijon bc ours had sugar listed in it’s ingredients. :/ I used mst powder for the rest. I also added ground ginger, taken from another non Paleo bbq sauce I used to make. We had it on pork last night & today I’m having it on chicken! Nom Nom Nom!

  60. Antti

    What type of tomato paste are you guys using. I used organic tomato puree (very thick, sort of concentrated stuff), and the flavor wasn’t great. Is the required paste supposed to be like passata?

  61. Stacy

    Just made this bbq sauce with some pulled pork. Absolutely amazing. I the in a little cayeene, a dash of ginger and cinnamon. Thank you so much!!!

  62. Stacy

    Just made this bbq sauce with some pulled pork. Absolutely amazing. I threw in a little cayeene, a dash of ginger and cinnamon. Thank you so much!!!

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  64. Brian

    Made pulled beef and used this bbq sauce. Found it a little on the “flat” side so added added 2tsp of maple syrup, 2 tsp worcester sauce and another tsp of chile powder. Not sure if the maple syrup defeats the purpose of the original sauce.
    The end result was a hit. Thnx.

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  68. Jacob

    Holy crap. This is the most amazing homemade sauce I have ever tasted.

    Thank you!

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    its firs date to this blog, its nice ! keep work…..

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