This maple peach barbecue sauce is sweet, tangy and spicy. It is paleo friendly, vegan and gluten-free and is super simple to make.

Maple Peach Barbecue Sauce | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | gluten-free + paleo

We’re still staying at our place on Lake Champlain, which we share with my sister and her husband. The food sharing has been a little less smooth going so far this summer, and I have realized that my girls are chowing down on my sister’s groceries without my knowing it.

This is how I found myself making a trip to the store yesterday in search of replacement peaches and plums that my little snackers had pillaged from Jessie’s fruit stockpile. When I got there I saw that local Vermont peaches were finally here I went a little wild and bought enough peaches to resupply Jessie’s stash plus some. On the way home the girls and I brainstormed what to make with the extra peaches that would work for dinner and the blog. I mentioned the idea of making peach barbecue sauce with maple syrup and my oldest daughter told me I HAD to make it.

Maple Peach Barbecue Sauce | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | gluten-free + paleo

It came together really easily. I just sweated a sweet onion in a pot and then stirred in some spices to bloom them. I chose to use a heavy hand with the chipotle powder because this is a condiment, and is meant to be too strong on it’s own. When brushed over the chicken it was just the right amount of heat. After blooming the spices I stirred in peeled chopped peaches, dark maple syrup and cider vinegar. The peaches softened really quickly because they were so ripe to begin with. Then I just blasted it in the blender to make it smooth.

I brushed the sauce over the grilled chicken in the last minute or two on the grill and it came out so well. It was sweet, spicy and tangy. Yum!

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Maple Peach Barbecue Sauce with Chipotle, vegan and paleo

maple peach barbecue sauce

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 3/4 cups 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Maple peach barbecue sauce, paleo friendly, vegan and gluten-free. This no tomato barbecue sauce is sweet and spicy and tangy. Brush it over chicken in the last few minutes of grilling.



  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil or organic canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • Generous pinch allspice
  • 2 peaches, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup, dark or amber
  • 4 teaspoons cider vinegar


  1. Swirl oil in the bottom of a large saucepan. Add onion, cover and place over medium heat. Cook, removing lid and stirring occasionally until the onion is softened and starting to brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle salt, chipotle, cumin, and allspice and cook stirring until the spices are fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add peaches, maple syrup and vinegar, and stir to coat. Cover and increase heat to medium-high. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium low or to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the peaches are completely soft and breaking down, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids.) Cool before using.


  • Serving Size: 3 tablespoons
  • Calories: 47
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Sodium: 254 mg
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 0 g