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Vegan Date BBQ Sauce

My idea of the perfect barbecue sauce is sweet and savory; tangy, but not too sour; spicy, but not too hot. This vegan BBQ sauce is just that; perfect for seitan ribs, tofu kabobs, veggie burgers and more. Made without refined sugars or fats, this thick sauce starts with sweet dates and savory crushed tomatoes with a tangy kick from fruity balsamic vinegar. Blended with a mix of natural plant-based seasonings and spices, it is simply heated to meld the flavours together and is ready to use in 10 minutes or less. Click here for the printable recipe.

Video Tutorial for Date BBQ Sauce

 
I made up this recipe one day when I was out of the store-bought stuff and needed barbecue sauce for making BBQ lentil buns for a hike the next day. My hiking buddy avoids refined sugar, refined fats and excess salt as she normally eats a “Furhman-approved” diet so I tried to avoid these things.

Blend the tomato and dates together. You could blend everything all at once but this way lets you adjust the seasonings more easily.

Blend the tomato and dates together. You could blend everything all at once but this way lets you adjust the seasonings more easily.

To sweeten, I used dates. Actually, I had wanted to use up some dates that had been sitting in my fridge for almost a year. That sounds like a long time but they can actually last a lot longer. While they are more amazing when fresh, dates can keep for years if kept cool and dry so I buy them in bulk once every year or so to get a great price. They do tend to shrivel up but even when they are hard as rocks, they can be used. Simply soak them until they are plump and re-hydrated before removing the hard pits and using in recipes.

Blend until smooth. Unless you want chunky BBQ sauce for some reason.

Blend until smooth. Unless you want chunky BBQ sauce for some reason.

I used canned crushed tomatoes for this recipe out of convenience; it’s what I had at the time. Since that first time, I have made this recipe with tomato paste mixed with water since but I still prefer the sauce made with crushed tomatoes.

vegan-date-barbeque-sauce-taste

While it’s possible to make this sauce without salt, a little salt does make a big flavour difference. I tried using celery salt as a compromise but it turned out to be no compromise at all. Celery salt has about as much salt as regular salt but it has a bunch more flavour so you don’t have to use as much. At least for this recipe. Cayenne and other spicy ingredients can have this effect as well; adding flavour so you don’t have to use as much salt to get a satisfying taste.

Store in a clean container in the fridge. It should keep at least a week.

Store in a clean container in the fridge. It should keep at least a week.

This is one of the few recipes were I threw a bunch of things together and the result came out perfectly the first time. I hope it’s the same for you!


Printable recipe for Date BBQ Sauce – US

Vegan Date Barbecue Sauce
Yields 1
This delicious thick barbeque sauce is a well balanced mix of sweet, savory, tangy and smoky flavours without any refined sugars or fats. Dates provide sweetness with a honey-like flavour along with fiber and other essential nutrients. Perfect for seitan ribs, tofu kabobs, veggie burgers and more. This recipe uses US measurements; click here for Metric amounts.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of pitted dates soaked in water*
  2. 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  3. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  7. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  8. pinch ground cinnamon
  9. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  10. 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
Instructions
  1. Blend crushed tomatoes and pitted dates until smooth. If necessary, add a small amount of water to help your blender along.
  2. Transfer the smooth tomato date puree to a small saucepan. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. While stirring constantly, cook the mixture over medium high heat until bubbling.
  3. Turn off the heat. Taste and adjust for salt and other seasonings if you like. Store in a clean jar in the fridge; it will keep for at least one week. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. *If your dates are fresh and gooey, you may not need to soak them. Measure 1 cup of plump pitted dates; about 10-12 dates depending on size.
  2. This BBQ sauce tends to be very thick and the taste is quite concentrated so you can thin it out with broth or water before each use.
Mary's Test Kitchen http://www.marystestkitchen.com/

Printable recipe for Date BBQ Sauce – Metric

Vegan Date BBQ Sauce - Metric
Yields 1
This delicious thick barbeque sauce is a well balanced mix of sweet, savory, tangy and smoky flavours without any refined sugars or fats. Dates provide sweetness with a honey-like flavour along with fiber and other essential nutrients. Perfect for seitan ribs, tofu kabobs, veggie burgers and more. This recipe uses metric measurements; click here for US amounts.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 240ml of pitted dates soaked in water*
  2. 120ml crushed tomatoes
  3. 30ml balsamic vinegar
  4. 2.5ml teaspoon garlic powder
  5. 1.25ml teaspoon onion powder
  6. 2.5ml teaspoon chipotle powder
  7. 1.25ml teaspoon cayenne powder
  8. pinch ground cinnamon
  9. 1.25ml teaspoon black pepper
  10. 1.25ml celery salt
Instructions
  1. Blend crushed tomatoes and pitted dates until smooth. If necessary, add a small amount of water to help your blender along.
  2. Transfer the smooth tomato date puree to a small saucepan. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. While stirring constantly, cook the mixture over medium high heat until bubbling.
  3. Turn off the heat. Taste and adjust for salt and other seasonings if you like. Store in a clean jar in the fridge; it will keep for at least one week. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. *If your dates are fresh and gooey, you may not need to soak them. Measure just under 1 cup (240ml) of plump pitted dates; about 10-12 dates depending on size.
  2. This BBQ sauce tends to be very thick and the taste is quite concentrated so you can thin it out with broth or water before each use.
Mary's Test Kitchen http://www.marystestkitchen.com/
Comments
  • Erika
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    Tks for sharing , i love such sauces, and i start to go vegan. I hope to have more recipes from you .

    Tks a lot

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