We love barbecue. I’ve mentioned that before, I’m certain. The trouble with barbecue is that most store-bought sauces are simply loaded with sugar!
So what’s a low-sugar, high-fat eater like me to do? Make my own!
After a lot of research, I found a recipe that looked intriguing at the Preheat to 350 blog. The blog’s host, Lisa Kelso, has created a wonderful recipe and it turned out beautifully. Except I really like my barbecue sauce pretty spicy, and this wasn’t. So I tweaked it…just a little. And then I did some variations and made A.D. try them all.
Basic Sugar-Free Barbecue Sauce
- 3 Tb fat (butter, EVOO, bacon fat, etc)
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 head fresh garlic, minced
- 1 Qt homegrown tomatoes (or use a 28 oz can)
- 3/4 c homemade tomato paste (or use 6 oz can)
- 1/2 c apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tb smoked paprika
- 1 Tb Ancho chile powder
- 2 Tb spicy mustard (or mustard of your choice)
- 2 Tb tamari sauce
- 2 Tb fish sauce
- 1/4 t stevia
- 3 Tb Chipotle Tabasco
- 1 t ground cinnamon
- 2 Tb liquid smoke
- 3 Tb cornstarch
- 3 Tb of cold water, give or take
- 6 qt or so, non-reactive heavy bottom sauce pan
- wooden spoon or other non-reactive stirring utensil
- 2 quart jars with lids
- ladle (optional)
- blender (optional)
- Over medium heat, add your fat to the saucepan and add the chopped onions and garlic. Sautee until onions are translucent, caramelize as desired.
- Add all ingredients except the cornstarch and water and simmer over low heat until you are near the consistency of a good thick sauce.
- Make a slurry with the cornstarch and cold water and once mixed, gently stir into the simmering sauce. It should thicken pretty rapidly after you add the slurry.
- Ladle about half of the sauce into the blender (don’t overfill!) and blend. Pour into a quart jar and seal the lid.
- Repeat for the remaining barbecue sauce.
- If you don’t think you will use all of this sauce from the refrigerator in the span of about 4 days, you should can in a water bath.
That’s it. I did try to variations, once with fresh peaches and the other with coffee. A.D. is a fan of the basic barbecue sauce and while he liked the peach variation, it didn’t excite him. He really didn’t like the coffee variation, but in fairness, I should have taken more time with it.
Enjoy your ‘cue, and as always, if you’re interested in supporting me and getting what I’m using, head to my Amazon Affiliate Link!