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Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce

This Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce is thick, tangy, and loaded with flavor! You would never guess that it's Whole 30, Paleo, and sugar-free!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, sauce, condiment, recipe, whole 30, paleo, sugar-free
Servings: 20
Calories: 39kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 2 dried ancho chiles (rinsed, stemmed, and seeded-then soaked in warm water)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 2 large cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (possibly more to thin the sauce if needed)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce (I used Red Boat)
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice


  • Rinse the chiles and place them in a bowl. Cover them with warm water and allow them to soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add the onions and cook until softened, stirring occasionally to keep them from burning.
  • Add the garlic and heat for one minute.
  • Pour in the orange juice, add the tomato paste and stir to combine.
  • Add the vinegar, fish sauce, chili powder, paprika, cumin, and allspice. Stir to combine. Allow to simmer for 25 minutes, lowering the temperature if it starts to boil.
  • Remove the chiles from the soaking water and place them in a blender. Pour the sauce on top of the chiles and puree until smooth.
  • Serve immediately or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week.


  • This Ancho-Orange Barbecue Sauce is really thick, kind of like a paste if you will. If you would like a thinner consistency, add more orange juice or water.
  • This sauce is not spicy at all. If you would like to amp up the heat, add chipotle, or sriracha.


Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1220IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.6mg