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a glass cup of barbecue sauce next to a plate of meat

Tomato Free BBQ Sauce

  • Author: GERD Chef Staff
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This tomato-free BBQ sauce is tailor-made for GERD and reflux sufferers. Low acid and big flavor make this perfect for a dipping sauce or a cooking glaze.  You’ll want to use this smoky, sweet sauce on just about everything!



1 1/2 cups cubed butternut squash

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

3 tablespoons molasses

2 tablespoons coconut aminos

1 1/2 teaspoons hickory liquid smoke

3/4 teaspoon onion powder

3/4 teaspoon ground mustard

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger



  1. Steam or boil the butternut squash until fork-tender. Drain well.
  2. Transfer the cooked butternut squash to a blender or food processor and add all remaining ingredients. Blend until a mostly smooth sauce.
  3. Transfer the sauce to a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cover and bring up to a simmer.
  4. Stirring occasionally, let simmer 15 minutes. It is best to remove from the heat every few minutes to stir and then re-cover before returning to the heat, as the sauce will splatter.
  5. Rinse out blender or food processor before transferring the cooked sauce back into it. Blend until entirely smooth. Store covered and refrigerated for up to 5 days.


  • Substituting the liquid smoke can be done with a teaspoon of smoked paprika if it agrees with you. Another option is a teaspoon of smoked tea called “lapsang souchong”.