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Blueberry Maple Barbecue Sauce (gluten/nightshade free, AIP/paleo)

I love condiments with my meals. They just bring the meal to a whole new flavor profile and can make the simplest of meal prepping even more delicious! But when you're in the strict phase of the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) or avoiding processed sugars, nightshades, eggs, and dairy, compliant condiments can be far and few between. When you do find one, they are often SOOOOOOO expensive for a tiny amount that it's hard to justify buying them all the time. So I've got you covered with another condiment recipe!

This barbecue sauce is a refreshing twist on my original Tangy South Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce. The addition of the blueberries and maple syrup, plus the pumpkin puree are just divine! 

So, get ready to get creative in your kitchen, as you too can create your own nightshade free & AIP compliant versions of your favorites! Making your own nightshade free barbecue sauce doesn't have to be intimidating!

This recipe is super easy and comes together very fast.

This recipe is nutrient dense, Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) friendly, lower carb, grain free, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, nightshade free, paleo, primal, Whole30 compliant, & keto friendly!

What Makes this High-Vibing Food?

  • First and foremost, putting your own love, gratitude, time and energy into making foods at home will automatically raise the vibration of the foods/meal. This will also help to balance your sacral and heart chakras. Putting your love into the food you prepare will literally raise the vibrational frequency as love is the highest vibration out there!

  • You are what you eat and what your food eats. Using organic, GMO free, free/pasture raised, wild caught, minimally processed ingredients lead to an overall higher vibrational frequency. Basically, eating organic provides us extra energy currency!

  • Contains orange colored foods. Orange vibrates at about the same frequency as the sacral chakra. So, eating orange foods helps to maintain the proper root chakra frequency.

  • Contains yellow/tan/golden colored foods, which help raise the body’s frequency to that of the solar plexus, helping to balance it.

  • This is a sauce recipe, linking earth and water elements, while also connecting the other chakras together with the throat chakra.

  • This recipe contains dark blue and purple pigments, which balance the third eye chakra while also protecting from spiritual overuse or negativity.

  • As a whole, the spices in this recipe, work through the third eye chakra.

Equipment Needed to Create this Recipe:

  • medium sauce pan

  • immersion blender or high-powered blender (I use my Vitamix)

  • glass jars for storage

  • measuring cups/spoons

  • wooden spoon


Blueberry Maple BBQ Sauce

(gluten/nightshade free & AIP/paleo)

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 20-25 minutes Yield: 3-4 cups


  • 1 box of organic pumpkin puree

  • 6-8 oz. of fresh, organic blueberries

  • ¾ cup organic apple cider vinegar

  • 3 tbsp. organic blackstrap molasses

  • 2 heaping tbsp. of bacon fat 

  • 2-4 tbsp. of organic maple syrup (depending on how sweet you'd like your BBQ Sauce)

  • 1 heaping tsp. ground ginger

  • 1 heaping tsp. garlic granules

  • 1 heaping tsp. onion granules

  • 1 tsp. gluten free fish sauce

  • ½ tsp. Hickory flavored liquid smoke, gluten free

How to Create this Recipe:

  1. Place all ingredients into a medium pot and turn heat to medium-high. Stir to combine everything. Bring to a low rolling boil, and then reduce the heat to low.

  2. Continue to cook until the sauce becomes thick, 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn't burn or stick to the bottom of the pot. 

  3. Once it is thickened, use an immersion blender to puree the blueberries into the sauce. Alternatively, you can pour the mixture into a blender and blend it up that way. Then, allow the sauce to cool slightly before placing it in jars. 

  4. Enjoy!!


  • This BBQ sauce thickens in the fridge, so feel free to add a bit of filtered water to it before reusing it, if you need to thin it out. It will also thin out a bit once it is reheated.

  • Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can also freeze this for up to 6 months for future use. 



Serving Size: 2 tbsp. (based off of 32 servings total)

Calories: 24

Fat: 1 g

Carbs: 4 g

Protein: 0 g

*All nutritional information are estimations and will vary.


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