Recipe for a vegan, date-sweetened BBQ sauce. The perfect condiment for cookouts! It’s smoky and sweet, perfect for tofu, tempeh and grilled veggies!
Have you ever made your own BBQ Sauce? I’m a big fan of making sauces from scratch because you can add your own special twist! This vegan BBQ sauce is sweetened with dates and I absolutely love how it turned out! It’s smoky (hellooo liquid smoke!), slightly sweet, slightly spicy – and everything a good BBQ sauce should be.
For a nice color and a bit more fruitiness, I’ve added red grape juice to the mix. As always with fruit juices, make sure they one you are using is vegan. Lately, I’ve noticed that more and more juices have a vegan label on the packaging, so that’s a good thing. At least here in Austria.
Vegan Date-Sweetened BBQ Sauce
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves , minced
- 1 small red onion , chopped
- 4 soft dates , pitted and chopped
- 1 teaspoon paprika powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup red grape juice
- 1/2 cup tomato puree/passata
- 1/4 teaspoon sriracha or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
- In a pot on medium heat, add the olive oil, garlic cloves, red onion and dates and let it cook until the onions are translucent.
- Add paprika powder and salt, give it a quick mix and deglaze with red grape juice.
- Then add tomato puree, sriracha and liquid smoke and let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
- Let it cool off a bit before adding everything to a blender (or use an immersion blender) and blend until smooth.
- Fill the BBQ sauce in a clean glass jar and store it in the fridge for about 1 week.
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