NEW Fresh & Organic Mini Medjool Dates!

Smoky Medjool Date Barbecue Sauce

Today, we're sharing a delicious new recipe by our good friends, Ugly Vegan Kitchen. You guys are going to LOVE this vegan BBQ sauce! It's heavenly.


  • 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • A dash + ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups (or ~18) Medjool dates, pitted and cut into thirds
  • 2 ¾ cups water
  • ⅓ cup (or 6 ounce can) no salt tomato paste
  • ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce (OR gluten free tamari)
  • 1-2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp liquid smoke
  • 5 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder (see note above)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves



1. In a large, heavy pot or dutch oven, add the onions, olive oil and a dash of salt over high heat. When it starts to sizzle, constantly stir it for 2 minutes or until the onions get soft and look the photo above. Then, immediately turn the heat down to low.

2. Allow the onions to cook over low for 5 minutes. Then, give them a good stir for about 30 seconds. Let them sit for another 5 minutes over low heat. Then, given another good stir for 30 seconds. Let them sit for another 5 minutes, and then, stir for 30 seconds. At this point, they should be golden, maybe a little browned, and look similar to the photo above.

3. While the onions are caramelizing, add the medjool dates, water, tomato paste, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke and ½ tsp salt to a high speed blender. Set aside.

4. In the pot, add the garlic cloves, ancho chili powder, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, mustard powder, garlic powder and ground cloves. Stir around for 60 seconds. Then, spoon the entire contents of the pot into the high speed blender. Reserve the pot, because you will use it again.

5. Blend everything in the high speed blender until completely smooth. Taste, and make adjustments, if needed (soy sauce? apple cider vinegar? salt?). Pour the contents of the blender back into the pot. Stir around.

6. Cover the pot with a lid, and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Remove the lid, stir, and taste. Make adjustments to the flavor, if needed. Use in whatever and however you like!

Try this recipe out on Ugly Vegan Kitchen's Smoky Medjool Date Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches with the best vegan bbq sauce recipe ever!

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