Barbecue sauce seems to be the staple for any get together or cook-out we go to but most store bought BBQ sauce has lots of sugar and it just doesn’t taste good. Plus BBQ sauce is made with tomato sauce with unfortunately is one of the vegetables that contain high levels of pesticides.
For a long time I avoided barbecue sauce because I didn’t want my family eating something that was made with ingredients I don’t approve of but my husband loves to grill and finding the right BBQ sauce became my mission.
Making your own barbecue sauce is very easy plus you can make a big batch and store the rest for later, either in your fridge or the freezer. The best part is that you can use organic ingredients and skip all that unnecessary sugar.
We love to use this sauce on chicken and steak but it’s so tasty sometimes we use it on other things, like potatoes, fries and even sandwiches.
Sugar-free BBQ sauce recipe
All ingredients used in this recipe are organic.
- 2 cups (or two 8 oz cans) of tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 2 tsp. brown mustard
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tbs. maple syrup
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (optional – this is if you want to make the sauce look purple. If you use this, only add 1/4 cup of water)
Get your ingredients ready.
In a large sauce pan combine all the ingredients. If you want your BBQ sauce to be the traditional color, you will want to add the balsamic vinegar. If you don’t use balsamic vinegar then the BBQ sauce will be bright red.
Bring the sauce to a boil on high heat. When the sauce is boiling reduce the heat to medium heat. Let the sauce simmer for 25-30 minutes stirring frequently.
The sauce will start thickening and will coat the back of your spoon.
When the sauce is done let it cool to room temperature and serve!
If you want to store the sauce for later then put it in an air tight glass jar and keep in the fridge. The sauce should keep in the fridge for about 4 weeks. Alternative, you can freeze these sauce for a couple of months.
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