The weather’s getting warmer here in the south and that means it’s time for BBQ! There are so many ways to make a delicious homemade bbq sauce, but most of the recipes I’ve found call for ketchup and sugar. No thank you!

I took some time to come up with my own homemade real food bbq sauce recipe that uses real food ingredients to deliver a fabulous, well-balanced punch of flavor. I’m thrilled to share the final product with you today.

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Homemade Real Food BBQ Sauce Recipe

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When we gave up refined sugars, I had to find a new way to make our favorite sweetened dishes and sauces.  The good news is that there are many natural sweeteners you can use for your favorite dishes.  Sucanat is a very flavorful natural sweetener and tastes great in chocolate dishes, tomato-based recipes and sauces, such as BBQ sauce, that are meant to pack a flavor punch.

The combination of apple cider vinegar, full-flavored sucanat and the spices creates a thick, hearty real food bbq sauce recipe. The addition of butter smooths and mellows the sauce while giving it a richness that will delight your tastebuds. (Oh, hello cliche! But it’s true, though …)

I have used my sucanat-sweetened BBQ sauce on beef short ribs, pulled pork and shredded bbq chicken.  I believe it would also taste great as a burger sauce.

Enjoy!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe
 
Ingredients:
 
1 medium onion, diced
5 cloves of garlic, crushed
4 Tbs butter
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
3 ounces tomato paste
 
Instructions:
 
1.  Melt the butter in a large pot and saute the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent.
2.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until they are well combined.  
3.  Pour over meat or use as a dipping sauce.
 
 
Homemade BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 4 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 cup sucanat
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 ounces tomato paste

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot and saute the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until they are well combined.
  3. Pour over meat or use as a dipping sauce.
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