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Homemade Barbeque Sauce

5 Jul

I hope everyone had a great Independence Day!

Who doesn’t like good ole’ Barbeque? That pork and chicken, smothered in BBQ sauce, mmm.

What guess what that delicious, tasty barbeque sauce is made of? TONS of sugar, mainly in the forms of either molasses or white sugar. What’s wrong with that? Well in small amounts, nothing is truly wrong with sugar or molasses unless your following a strict no sugar diet. But see, typical barbeque sauce doesn’t contain tiny amounts of barbeque sauce. It contains a whole lot of the stuff. Usually being one of the first ingredients listed which means it’s one of the main ingredients!

A serving size on a barbeque sauce bottle is typically one tablespoon. I am almost certain that no one enjoys a good barbeque dinner with only one tablespoon of sauce. Without mentioning exact numbers or amounts consumed, let’s just take it for granted that a typical BBQ meal is not the healthiest. Tons of sugar and calories, and not good ones.

So why am I saying all of this? Because I love a good old barbeque dinner, and I wasn’t willing to give it up. But I was willing to find a better solution. And that is when I went to work. The sauce ended up being delicious, still having that barbeque sauce taste, yet not near as much sugar or calories. Now I call that a win.

Homemade barbeque sauce, pulled chicken, all stuffed in a tomato. It was a great way to celebrate the fourth of July for lunch! How did you spend your Independence Day?!

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Homemade Barbecue Sauce
-1 8oz can tomato sauce
-1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
-2T liquid aminos (or normal soy sauce)
-1T dijon mustard
-1T apple cider vinegar
-2 tsp stevia
-1T molasses or honey (or more stevia to taste)
-1/2 tsp instant coffee grains
-1 tsp each: cinnamon, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt
Optional: dash of liquid smoke (makes for a great taste!)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a pot on the stove, and cook on a medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes. Store in jar in the fridge. Keeps fresh for about one week!

Tomato Benefits
1)Low in calories
2)High in vitamin C
3)Good source of vitamins A,K,folate and potassium
4)Provides thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper
5)Source of fiber
6)High water content
7)Source of beta-carotene and lycopene (good skin protectors)

Source: fitday.com
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2 Responses to “Homemade Barbeque Sauce”

  1. courage2run July 6, 2013 at 4:15 am #

    That sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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