If your taste buds are bored of syrupy-sweet ketchup, barbecue sauce, or honey mustard, this BBQ Tahini Sauce might be your savior, particularly if you’re a fan of flavored hummus.
This blend of smoky, sweet, nutty, and umami lends a complex flavor to sandwiches, grilled or baked meats, or roasted veggies.
Spice up a turkey BLT, drizzle on top of salmon grilled on a cedar plank — just replace the maple sauce with the BBQ tahini in this recipe for Cedar Plank Salmon with Maple Glaze, or toss with quartered, crispy red-skinned potatoes still hot from the oven.
Or use this versatile condiment in another way. Stir it into egg yolks instead of mayonnaise, mustard, and paprika for a kicked-up version of deviled eggs. Use the BBQ tahini sauce as a dip for crudité.
Or, if you really want to go for it, use it in your mix for tuna, salmon, or chicken salad.
When shopping, look for tahini paste made from whole sesame seeds, as the hulled version strips much of the nutritional value from the seeds. Though, if necessary, they’ll do in a pinch.
Barbecue-Flavored Tahini Sauce
You'll love this healthy twist on classic BBQ sauce!
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp. tahini paste
- 3 Tbsp. all-natural tomato paste no sugar added
- 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. molasses
- 2 tsp. pure maple syrup
- ¼ tsp. liquid smoke
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- 1 pinch ground chili powder
- 1 pinch sea salt or Himalayan salt
Place water, tahini, tomato paste, vinegar, molasses, maple syrup, liquid smoke, garlic powder, chili powder, and salt in a food processor (or blender). Pulse until smooth.