Paleo Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce

Thick. Tomato tang. Smoky, yet savory-sweet. And a slight touch of spiciness. That’s how I would describe this homemade, Paleo-friendly, Kansas City style BBQ sauce! It uses honey to replace the molasses that’s usually called for, and a dash of liquid smoke to give it that classic smoke flavor. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make; you will never have to resort to a store-bought brand again. It was so heavenly that I saved some extra to slather onto my bacon-wrapped BBQ chicken even after it was done grilling.

All you have to do is throw your ingredients into a saucepan, simmer for a a minute or two, and you’re on your way to barbecued bliss.

Paleo Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce

Paleo Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce
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Serves: ¾ cup
  • 3 oz tomato paste (half tiny can)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp Frank’s Red Hot (original)
  • 4-5 dashes liquid smoke
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ to ½ cup water (depending on thickness preference)
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together all ingredients.
  2. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before adding to your favorite dish!
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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