Whole Food Wednesdays – Homemade Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce

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I have a dirty secret to tell.


I used to be a condiment queen. Yup. I used to be one of THOSE girls. Open up my fridge and it was a sea of bottled sauces. A sauce for every style of mediocre cuisine I could think of. Bottle tikka masala, peanut thai sauce, bulgogi sauce, salad dressings, pastes of every type, ketchup and bbq sauce. When I think back on it now I think, “What a freakin’ waste of money!”

I’m not sure what’s more embarrassing: the amount of money I threw away on sugary, fake sauces, or that at the time I thought they actually tasted good. Please don’t judge, and I will do the same, for lurking in your fridge are probably a few bottles of sauces with very questionable ingredients. Just say you do because I am feeling vulnerable!

The good news is I’m reformed. My fridge is void of embarrassing sauces but one. Ketchup. That will soon be gone too since I just got the book, Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning. Their Honey Ketchup recipe is the one I’m most looking forward to making, considering at one point in my life, I had no less than 20 bottles of random sauces. One I can live with, but I’m very excited to get rid of that ketchup!

I don’t miss a single sauce but 1, the BBQ sauce. Now, it’s not something we eat a lot of anyway (its been years since we’ve had it in the house), but when a hankering for BBQ sauce hits, I do wish we had some around. Most of the recipes for homemade BBQ sauce include ketchup as the main ingredient. NO THANK YOU. With some help from Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions (the hint that the missing ingredient was fish sauce, I would have never guessed that on my own) and The Joy of Cooking, I was able to make up this yummy (addictive) little sauce that actually only took 2 minutes to make. Crisis averted.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

  • 156 ml Tomato Paste (organic preferred or make your own)
  • 2 Tbsp  Worcestershire sauce (click here to make homemade if you like)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp spicy smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp orange brandy
  • 1 -2 tsp fish sauce, to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together until well combined. That’s it. Spread on your favorite meat and strike up the barbie.

I recommend this rub as the pairing to this sauce.


  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp regular paprika
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar

In a small bowl mix the ingredients until combined. Rub the spice mixture into the meat and let sit for 15 minutes.

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I’m sharing this with Real Food 101Mangia MondaysMonday ManiaMeatless MondaysWhole New Mom, This Chick Cooks, Cast Party Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesdays, The Tasty Alternative, What’s Cooking WednesdayReal Food Wednesday, Pennywise Platter Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, and Full Plate ThursdayFood FridayFriday Food FlicksFreaky FridayFight Back Friday, and Foodie Friday.

54 Responses to Whole Food Wednesdays – Homemade Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce

  1. Anita March 14, 2012 at 2:50 am #

    Thanks for hosting. I’m sharing these wonderful Pumpkin Muffins. I used canned pumpkin because that is what I had. All my kids love them, which says a lot! Easily doubled to put some in the freezer. Hope you try them.

    • France Morissette March 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

      Anita, Muffins at hand in the freezer is always a good thing, when the snack attack hits

  2. The Café Sucré Farine March 14, 2012 at 2:59 am #

    Frances, this is amazing, 2 minutes? It would take WAY longer to get to the market and back to buy a bottle and I know this is WAY better – thanks for sharing!

  3. Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions March 14, 2012 at 3:32 am #

    This looks fantastic ~ thanks for sharing! I’m definitely in the dreaming of it stage of living that way, but I certainly see it in my future and this recipe will definitely come in handy!

  4. Dawn @ Small Footprint Family March 14, 2012 at 4:24 am #

    Wow! The photo of the sauce and brush made my mouth water. I do love a good bbq sauce! Thanks! (and I used to be a condiment queen too.)

    This week I wrote on the exceptionally high costs of importing specialty foods and “superfoods” from developing countries, and how even “fair trade” contributes to the total displacement of traditional food systems and ecosystems. I also included an updated post on my ten favorite DOMESTIC superfoods from the archives.


    • France Morissette March 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

      What a great post to share Dawn. Domestic superfoods sounds like a topic we can all get behind.

  5. Laureen March 14, 2012 at 5:41 am #

    France, you had me practically licking my monitor. Oh, I could go for something bbq’d right now and asparagus too!!

  6. Debbie @ Easy Natural Food March 14, 2012 at 5:51 am #

    Oooo yum, BBQ sauce! I’m going to pin it! I’ve linked up my Apple and Raisin Pancakes, Tomato Beef and Vegetable Soup and Basic Meatloaf recipe. Thanks for hosting and have a great week!

  7. Sonja @ practical-stewardship.com March 14, 2012 at 6:08 am #

    I am sharing a 4 ingredient pizza for those times you need a quick lunch or dinner. The roasted veggies make this recipe! Thanks for hosting!

  8. Foodsmiths General Store March 14, 2012 at 6:09 am #

    We’d like to share our delicious soft tacos made with slow-roasted pulled pork, raw jack cheese, avocado and pickled ginger carrots:

    We’re also sharing our recipe for broccoli and beef poutine made with fermented french fries and chili ginger soy sauce gravy!

    Lastly, our raw milk cheesecake with a salted chocolate sable crust and cherry compote:


    • France Morissette March 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

      Those all sounds lovely. I’m heading over to the general store!

  9. Jen March 14, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Hi France, I posted gardening tips and an article about Dr. Mercola and why I am mistrusting dietary info that is coming from him recently.

    • France Morissette March 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

      Hi Jen, I’m intrigued. I’ll have to go check that out, toute suite!

  10. Jill March 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Thanks for hosting! I am sharing an easy, healthy breakfast recipe.

    Your BBQ sauce sounds delish! I just made my own BBQ sauce last week for the first time (trying to get away from all those condiments loaded with crazy ingredients) and while it was good, it still needed a little work so I will have to give yours a try.

  11. Kristi @ Veggie Converter March 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    France~You’re so awesome and your timing is impeccable once again. Sweet/Spicy BBQ sauce was next on my list of homemade condiments to make (we’re about to run out of our bottled variety). You’ve saved me a google/pinterest search once again. This sauce looks and sounds delicious!

    I’m sharing some easy homemade hummus today. Thanks again for hosting!


    • France Morissette March 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

      Homemade hummus is such a great healthy snack. Thank you for sharing it Kristi.

  12. Katie March 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Thanks for hosting. That homemade bbq sauce sounds tasty!

  13. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles March 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Yay for whole foods Wednesdays!! Your drippy sweet and sour sounds, and looks, divine!! I am especially intrigued by the orange brandy… wow!

    • France Morissette March 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

      Hi Kelly, Thanks for stopping by. The orange brandy really does add a little zip!

  14. Vicky March 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    Hi! Thank you for hosting! I’ve shared my grain-free Hot Cross Buns this week!

    • France Morissette March 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

      Hi Vicki, Hot crossed buns! Ooh I love that and I look forward to your grain free version.

  15. Linda March 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    France, I too must admit I was a condiment junkie! Years back I would be buying up all different types and truly had a pantry full of them!! I’d say its been about 6 years now that I’ve been making my own or simply doing without. I’ve made several types of bbq sauce and you’re right, many contained ketchup – which I will not use!! I can’t wait to try this out!!

  16. Amber March 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Hello France,

    Happy Wednesday! Thanks for hosting. I just adore YOU and your blog. You’re an incredible chef. Thank you for sharing your passion with us!!

    This week I am sharing two SCD friendly, bean-free hummus recipes.

    (1) Raw Carrot Hummus
    (2) Roasted Red Pepper Lentil Hummus

    Have a great week!


    • France Morissette March 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

      Amber, you are so sweet! Thanks so much for sharing your delicious hummus recipes!

  17. Joanne March 15, 2012 at 3:03 am #

    I think we all go through a condiment phase at one point or another…and then we realize what a waste it is! I always use tomato paste in place of ketchup in my homemade bbq sauce…and now fish sauce will definitely be added next time!

  18. Linnae March 16, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    This week I am sharing fun facts about the herb Cumin plus the BEST breakfast sausage recipe.


    Thanks for hosting!

  19. Miz Helen March 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    Miz Helen

  20. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom March 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this at Allergy Free Wednesdays! Hope to see you next week!

  21. maiylah March 25, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    am not a big fan of condiments (well, maybe with just the soy sauce-calamondin pair, mixed with a bit of red onion) so we rarely have one in the house. but i love it that you shared you bbq sauce recipe…will definitely bookmark this! :)

  22. Armadillo Pepper May 30, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    I don’t mind making sauces when I have free time, but I’ve actually found quite of few good BBQ Sauces in the bottle. The key is to find small producers (the ones that are not in every grocery store chain). Many of those use all natural and high quality ingredients.

  23. Mary Sandra May 28, 2013 at 5:44 am #

    Tried your spicy BBQ sauce this weekend! Found it very delicious and my kids loved it very much. Thanks for the yummy recipe


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