5-Minute Maple BBQ Sauce (Paleo)
Maple BBQ Sauce
5-Minute, easy Maple BBQ Sauce that is perfect for pork and chicken. It’s sweet with a little heat.
I needed a BBQ sauce asap and the fans on the Ditch The Wheat Facebook page came to my rescue.
One individual posted this recipe for spicy maple bbq sauce from Life Style by Poliquin, and I was immediately drawn to its simplicity of it.
You can also try out my other BBQ-inspired recipes like Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs, Campfire Banana Boat, and Grilled Asparagus.
A lot of condiments are not gluten free, including bbq sauce. If you have a sensitivity or allergy, it’s great to learn how to make your own condiments.
Quick Maple BBQ Sauce
The sauce required no cooking and I had all the ingredients on hand, which was great since I needed to use the sauce for a family BBQ in a few hours.
I adapted the recipe for my liking by taking out the medjool dates and replacing it with maple syrup.
I also replaced the mustard with dried ground mustard because mustard contains vinegar and sometimes vinegar is made from wheat.
The same goes with soy sauce. If you ever see a recipe needing soy sauce use coconut amino acids (you can find it here) instead which is gluten free and tastes great.
Also, keep in mind this recipe tastes spicy when you sample the sauce after making it. Every time I have barbecued with it, the meat, is not extremely spicy.
Tools to use to make this recipe
For this recipe you will need:
- 1 Large bowl
- Measuring spoons and cups
- Silicone basting brush for basting your meat with the sauce
- Airtight storage container for leftovers
Maple BBQ Sauce Ingredients
This easy BBQ sauce uses pantry items. I highly suggest using liquid smoke. You can buy it on Amazon. It adds amazing smokiness to the sauce.
- coconut amino acids
- maple syrup or more – could use coconut sugar
- tomato paste
- ground dried mustard
- raw apple cider vinegar
- liquid smoke (optional)
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- sea salt
- ground black pepper
- cayenne pepper
How to Make Maple BBQ Sauce
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. *Add the cayenne last in little amounts for desired heat.
Spread the sauce onto the meat. I have used this sauce on ribs, chicken, and hamburger patties and it works great for all of them.
Store the sauce in a glass bottle (like this one). So far my sauce has lasted 2 weeks in the fridge without any signs of mold.
This recipe made enough to cover 1 rack of ribs, and 2 quarter chickens, and I still have about 1/4 cup leftover.
Homemade Condiment Recipes
- Simple Salad Dressing
- Mango Salad Dressing
- Sauce for Ham
- Dairy Free Caramel Sauce
- Peach BBQ Sauce
- Thousand Island Dressing
Are you confused about which condiments are safe to eat on a gluten free diet? Read my article: Are Your Condiments Gluten-Free?
Maple BBQ Sauce Recipe
Maple BBQ Sauce
5-Minute, easy Maple BBQ Sauce that is perfect for pork and chicken. It's sweet with a little heat.
- ½ cup coconut amino acids
- 5 tbsp of maple syrup or more – could use coconut palm sugar
- 1 can of tomato paste
- 3 tbsp of ground dried mustard
- 3 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Dash of ground pepper
- ½ tsp cayenne (use less if you don't like it spicy)
- Mix all together in a bowl. *add the cayenne last in little amounts for desired heat.
- Spread onto the meat. I have used this sauce on ribs, chicken, and hamburger patties and it works great for all of them.
- Store the sauce in a glass bottle (like this one). So far my sauce has lasted 2 weeks in the fridge without any signs of mold.
This recipe made enough to cover 1 rack of ribs, 2 quarter chickens and I still have about 1/4 cup leftover.
Carol Lovett is a Canadian, Capricorn sun, Scorpio rising, reflector in human design, reiki master, crystal healer, foodie, and creator of Ditch the Wheat. She focuses on creating recipes that are gluten free and caters to other food sensitivities. She is the Globe and Mail bestselling author of Ditch the Wheat.