Nightshade Friendly BBQ Sauce

If you have an allergy to nightshades, then I’m sure you miss those days of enjoying a nice BBQ Chicken Sandwich or even BBQ Pulled Pork. YUM! I know I miss those days, which is why I decided I had to create a Nightshade friendly BBQ sauce.

If you have no idea what nightshades are, I promise I won’t laugh at you, because I understand that some people don’t know. Nightshades are specific group of plants that belong to the Solanaceae family which includes over 2,000 species. They are also some of the most popular foods consumed today, which include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • All types of Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Paprika
  • Pimentos
  • Goji Berries¬†

Nightshades may seem fundamental to our diets, but for some they can be very problematic. Nightshades contain a substance called alkaloids, which can cause inflammation and stress. They also can have a negative effect on our joint function, digestion, and nerve muscle function.

If you suffer from autoimmune diseases, arthritis, gout, osteoporosis, or ongoing inflammation, then it is probably a good idea to either eliminate or strictly limit them in your diet.

I encourage you to read The Weston A. Price Foundation take on Nightshades.

When I decided to eliminate Nightshades from my diet, one of the things that I missed was BBQ sauce. But then, I decided that I needed to create a Nightshade friendly BBQ sauce, so that way I could at least satisfy my BBQ cravings every now and then.

This Nightshade friendly BBQ sauce that I created tastes exactly like the regular stuff. You can put this sauce on Pizza, pulled pork, chicken, or burgers, or pretty much on anything that you use regular BBQ sauce on.

I used this sauce on my BBQ Pulled Pork Loaded Sweet Potato Bites.


Nightshade Friendly Apple-Q Sauce

Yields Makes 8 servings

If you suffer from a nightshade allergy, then my Nightshade Friendly Apple-Q sauce is the perfect alternative for you.

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 2 Cups Apple Butter
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 tsp. Turmeric
  • 3 tbsp. Mustard
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 5 dried apricots, chopped


Place the olive oil in a medium sized saucepan over high heat. Add the garlic and onion, and cook until just tender and fragrant. Add in the Apple Butter, apple cider vinegar, honey, water, turmeric, mustard, salt, and apricots. Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until it is the same thickness as barbecue sauce.

Transfer the sauce to a jar with a lid. Store the sauce in the refrigerator until ready to use. You can store the sauce in the fridge for up to a week.

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