Yes, you can make your own barbecue sauce easily at home! This recipe makes a sauce better than any you will ever find in a store. The sweetness of the apricots balances the smoky flavors of the fire roasted tomatoes and the heat of the dried chili pepper.

Smoky Apricot-Tomato Barbecue Sauce [Vegan, Grain-Free]

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2 1/2 cups


  • 2 teaspoons safflower oil or other neutral oil
  • 1 1/4 cup sweet onions, peeled, chopped 1/4-inch dice
  • 2/3 cup fresh apricots, pitted, chopped (or can use 1/2 cup dried)
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic, peeled, chopped (2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar or light brown sugar
  • tablespoons dark molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried Pasilla chili, soaked, seeded, and chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup strong coffee
  • 1 teaspoon liquid aminos or tamari 
  • 1/2 can tomato paste (3 ounces)
  • 14.5 ounces fire roasted chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste


  1. In a heavy 2-quart pot, saute onion until translucent in oil over low heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and raise heat to medium. Cook 10 minutes until lightly colored.
  3. Add the next 13 ingredients (fresh apricots through fire-roasted tomatoes) one by one and give a big stir.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, uncovered. Stir from time to time to prevent scorching on the bottom of the pot.
  5. Add water when needed when becomes too thick, 1/4 cup at a time up to 3/4 cup for the right consistency. Taste and season with sea salt.
  6. Cool slightly then pulse in a food processor for a finer barbecue sauce.
  7. Add a tablespoon of good whiskey if you like to the finished sauce.


Will stay fresh for up to a month in the fridge and even longer in the freezer.

Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 747 | Total Carbs: 164 g | Total Fat: 9 g | Total Protein: 11 g | Total Sodium: 2198 g | Total Sugar: 102 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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