It’s grilling season, which means it’s time to crack out your favorite bottle of barbeque sauce. However, if you are living a Paleo lifestyle and have cut out sugar, you’ll have to read a TON of labels before you find a barbeque sauce that’s made without sugar.
Since the Cave Mamas love barbeque sauce, we thought we’d do a little kitchen experimenting (aka – taste test) to find our favorite Paleo barbeque sauce. But first we had to take a field trip to the grocery store to read labels. We discovered our best options at Whole Foods, where we purchased Bone Suckin’ Sauce and Tessemae’s BBQ Sauce.
We also thought we’d try preparing our own barbeque sauce from scratch. So we referenced a blog post featuring 16 homemade Paleo barbeque sauces at Paleogrubs.com. While so many of them looked yummy, we figured since we are 2 busy moms, we’d try the Quick and Easy BBQ Sauce recipe from The Paleo Periodical.
Preparing the homemade sauce simply consisted of combining 8 ingredients in a bowl prior to use, and took all of 5 minutes. It really couldn’t have been any easier.
Barbeque sauce tastes different depending on the meat of choice, so we opted for a variety of shrimp, chicken breast and ground beef. Both the shrimp and chicken were marinated in the three barbeque sauces for about 30 minutes prior to grilling, while the ground beef was mixed with the sauce, then formed into burger patties.
Grilling three different types of meat/seafood at the same time, while keeping three types of barbeque sauce separate and distinct….all in the midst of a rainy day, was a comedy show in and of itself! But we pulled it off and didn’t lose track of which food items were covered in which sauces.
Rain, rain, go away!!!!
Once the shrimp, chicken and burgers were grilled to perfection, we gladly sat down with fork in hand to begin eating like a Cave Mama! Surprisingly, we found ourselves in total agreement in our opinions of all three sauces.
Quick and Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce
- Ingredients: tomato paste, molasses, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, fish sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt & pepper.
- Taste Test Results: We found this barbeque sauce to be way too thick and hard to spread. The taste was overpowering with tomato paste, although there was a hint of barbeque as an after taste. Since it was so easy to throw together, we feel it would be worthy of a second attempt, if you have extra time and are comfortable experimenting in the kitchen.
Bone Suckin’ Sauce
- Ingredients: tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, honey, molasses, mustard, horseradish, lemon juice, onions, garlic, peppers, natural hickory smoke flavor, natural spices, salt & xanthan gum (a natural thickener). No MSG!
- Taste Test Results: While the flavor was good, it was very faint. We found ourselves consistently dipping our grilled food into the barbeque sauce to increase the intensity of the flavor. We would recommend either marinating longer and/or basting more sauce onto the meat while grilling. Bone Suckin’ Sauce is Paleo compliant, and available at some chain grocery stores as well as on their website for $6.79 for a 16 oz. jar.
Tessemae’s – Matty’s BBQ Sauce
- Ingredients: date puree (dates, water, organic lemons), organic balsamic vinegar, cinnamon, water, mustard (filtered water, spices), sea salt, cracked black pepper, cayenne pepper, tomato paste, onion, organic garlic, and organic coconut aminos.
- Taste Test Results – Hands down….Tessemae’s BBQ Sauce was the WINNER! The shrimp, chicken and burger all carried the flavor perfectly. Although it was yummy dipping the grilled food in the sauce, it was not necessary to enhance the flavor. Tessemae’s BBQ Sauce is Paleo compliant, and available at Whole Foods as well as on their website for $5.99 for a 10 oz jar.
We were so excited about Tessemae’s barbeque sauce that we’re anxious to try more of their products, which include dressings, marinades and spreads. Plus, the Tessemae website features a recipe blog filled with a weekly meal planner, nutrition facts and a larger variety of recipes.
Personally, I can’t wait to use their barbeque sauce again, this time on some juicy grilled ribs and with a crockpot pulled pork!
Take our opinions at face value, or do your own taste test. Either way – we’d LOVE to hear your thoughts and what favorite Paleo barbeque sauce you use. HAPPY GRILLING!
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