Primal Kitchen Classic BBQ Sauce Review

Primal Kitchen Classic BBQ Sauce Review
Primal Kitchen Classic BBQ Sauce

Product Name: Primal Kitchen Classic BBQ Sauce

Product Description: 8.5 ounce bottle of organic, unsweetened bbq sauce.

Brand: Primal Kitchen

Offer price: 5.49

Currency: USD

  • Bold Flavors
  • Healthy
  • Classic BBQ Sauce Flavor


This is a fantastic bold and flavor packed bbq sauce that is also incredibly healthy.

While I love this sauce many people do not as these flavors do not match the “Classic” flavors implied by the product name.


Bold and spicy flavor profile.

Incredibly healthy.

Amazing on grilled chicken.


Does not match the “sweet” profile that many people expect from a “Classic BBQ Sauce”.

The Classic BBQ Sauce from Primal Kitchen is one of those things that you will either love or hate.  Personally, I absolutely love this sauce and it is by far my favorite product from Primal Kitchen.

However, if what you are expecting a sweet and sticky barbecue sauce then you will be greatly disappointed in this product.

Let’s take a closer look at this BBQ sauce to see if it is something that you might want to try.

Primal Kitchen Classic BBQ Sauce

Classic BBQ Sauce Nutrition, Ingredients and Labelling

Let’s take a closer look at what comes in this 8.5 ounce bottle.

Nutrition Facts

A serving of this sauce is 2 tablespoons and there are about 8 servings in a bottle.

The nutrition facts for a single serving of sauce are:

  • Calories: 15
  • Fat: 0g (0% DV)
  • Cholesterol: 0mg (0% DV)
  • Sodium: 160mg (7% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 3g (1% DV)
  • Protein: 0g

From a nutrition standpoint the bbq sauce is perfect.

The sauce has very low calories, carbs and salt with no fat or cholesterol.

PK Classic BBQ Sauce Nutrition

Ingredient List

The bbq sauce has the following ingredients:

  • Water
  • Tomato paste
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Salt
  • Tapioca starch
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Black pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Chipotle powder
  • Smoke flavor
  • Garlic
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic powder

Take a hard look at that ingredient list if you are on the fence about whether to try this sauce or not.  There is nothing “sweet” about this sauce.  Instead of sweet there is “savory” and “spicy”.


The labelling indicates that this product is:

  • Certified Keto
  • Certified Gluten Free
  • Certified Paleo
  • Whole 30 Approved
  • Non GMO
  • Organic.

The Primal Kitchen website also lists this dressing as Vegan.

How Does Primal Kitchen Classic BBQ Sauce Taste?

This is a wonderful barbecue sauce with an unfortunate name.

Great Taste

This thick sauce is loaded with flavors that are not shy about punching your taste buds.  The cumin and coriander are the first flavors I pick up followed by some great heat from the black and chipotle peppers.  There is a little bit of cinnamon in here and, unlike in the Primal Kitchen Cocktail Sauce, it is a welcome addition.

This sauce is bold, complex and is awesome on grilled chicken.

Classic BBQ Sauce with Grilled Chicken


Unfortunate Name

The one thing that I do not like about this barbecue sauce is the name.

While the flavors are spectacular they are also unique and, as a result, this is NOT a “classic bbq sauce”.

A whole lot of people have bought this product expecting to get a close substitute for the bbq sauces they are used to which are loaded with high fructose corn syrup.

For example, on the Target website, 21% of customers have hated this sauce and given it a 1 Star review.  Some of the typical 1 Star reviews are shown below.

The takeaway is that if you are looking for a:

  • Bold and spicy barbecue sauce then you will love this product.
  • Sweet and sticky barbecue sauce then you will hate this product.

Target Reviews Classic BBQ Sauce

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