Healthified BBQ Sauce & Ways To Enjoy It!

As the consciousness around added sugar continues, we are well aware these days to pay close attention to the ingredients list of processed food. Not only is refined sugar blatantly found in various packaged goods marketed to be “healthy,” (cereals, granola bars, yogurts, etc), but can be hiding in items you wouldn’t suspect: dips, dressings, sauces, and the like.

If you are frustrated by the high-fructose corn syrup found in your favorite BBQ sauce, we’ve got your back. Find our healthified concoction below, including a BBQ chicken recipe you won’t want to miss. The list of ingredients is long, but don’t let that deter you! Once you make a batch, you will have it in your fridge to grab for up to 2 weeks, which is why we have provided other ways to use it as well.

Healthified BBQ Sauce

Servings 3 cups


  • 3 cups tomato puree
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ½ cup coconut nectar (honey works too)
  • ¾ cups apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 3 teaspoons paleo-friendly fish sauce
  • teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons whole grain or dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • dash of cayenne (optional)
  • black pepper (to taste)


  • Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and whisk until combined. 
  • Bring to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes until sauce is reduced by half, stirring occasionally. 
  • Allow to cool to room temperature before transferring to an air-tight container. 


Storage: Will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks

Healthified BBQ Chicken Drumsticks


  • 1 cup Healthified BBQ Sauce
  • 4 organic, free-range chicken drumsticks


  • Place the chicken in a plastic bag. Add 1 cup of the sauce and marinate for at least an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Cook 7-8 minutes until all sides of the chicken are browned. 
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook 18-20 minutes or until internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees.

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