Almost 10 years ago, I discovered the world’s best BBQ sauce recipe. It was so good that literally everytime I made it, people asked me for the recipe. I even started printing out copies of the recipe beforehand because I knew people would ask for it. And they did.
But a few years later, I researched the very dangerous effects of sugar and I grudgingly gave up my all time favorite BBQ sauce recipe. You see, that BBQ sauce was loaded with an insanely ridiculous amount of white and brown sugar.
Through the years I was on a mission to find a healthy BBQ sauce recipe that had the same flavor like my beloved sugar loaded BBQ sauce. I tried every recipe I could find, I tried my own recreations and I even tried bottled all-natural, organic versions and nothing ever measured up to the taste that I remembered.
Until I made this.
I still remember the day I made it. I set aside one entire uninterrupted day to make BBQ sauce and I was determined to get it right. It was me, my cutesy apron with cherries and ruffles, a shameful amount of organic tomato sauce cans and every single spice I owned pulled out of my cabinet. I had one mission and one mission only: to make a BBQ sauce so good that people couldn’t help but ask for the recipe.
And here it is!
P.S. I wanted to tell you that this recipe contains more sweetener than I normally use. If you follow my recipes, you know I use the very least amount of natural sweetener I can get away with while still maintaining a great taste. While this contains more natural sweetener than I normally use, I will say it makes a TON of sauce and should last you awhile unless you douse everything in BBQ sauce (I had a friend in college who did that!) I use BBQ sauce like a condiment and usually only use a tablespoon or two per serving. When you look at it like that, you are still getting very minimal natural sugar content.
THE BEST HOMEMADE HEALTHY BBQ SAUCE
Makes 4 cups of sauce
1 15 oz can of organic tomato sauce
1 12 oz can of organic tomato paste
1 cup of red wine vinegar
1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup of pure raw honey
1/3 cup of molassas
2 T butter or ghee
2 T all natural liquid hickory smoke* (this is the best all natural one that contains no yucky ingredients: CedarHouse Ultra-Premium Liquid Smoke: All Natural Hickory Liquid Smoke – 4 oz
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp chili powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
heaping ¼ tsp cinnamon
heaping ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients together in a large pot over medium low heat. Let simmer for 20 minutes. Enjoy!
*Do not leave the liquid smoke out! It totally makes this BBQ sauce!
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