By JJ Virgin

All-Purpose Finger-Lickin'-Good BBQ Sauce


July 20, 2016

Smoked paprika lends a distinctive smoky flavor to this scrumptious BBQ sauce. And unlike store-bought BBQ sauce, you’re getting juicy flavor without all the extra sugar and chemical additives… Pairs well with BBQ Spice Rub.

Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 3 cups


28 oz. can organic crushed tomatoes and their juice

1/2 cup cider vinegar

3 tbsp chili powder

2 tbsp smoked paprika

2 tbsp monk fruit extract

2 tsp coconut aminos

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ground allspice

3/4 tsp sea salt

3/4 tsp ground black pepper


1Combine the tomatoes, vinegar, chili powder, paprika, monk fruit extract, coconut aminos, cumin, garlic powder, and allspice in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

2Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is very thick, 20 to 22 minutes, 20

3Remove from the heat and season with the salt and pepper.

4Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks or freeze.

This recipe is part of the Backyard BBQ menu, with BBQ Glazed Chicken, Tex-Mex Burgers with Avocado Salsa, Cucumber & Radish Salad, and Blueberry Sorbet. Check out the Backyard BBQ Menu and Guide for links to all the recipes, plus more handy tips and activities for the best backyard BBQ ever!

Originally published in The Virgin Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2014

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size3 tablespoons
Sodium273 mg
Protein1 gram
Total Fat0 gram
Saturated Fat0 gram
Total Carbohydrates6 grams
Dietary Fiber1 gram