This easy homemade BBQ sauce recipe makes a low carb, gluten free, dairy free, no sugar added BBQ sauce that actually tastes good!
I am talking a lot about food this week, not for any reason in particular. I know it’s a departure from my normal Christian content, but we all eat, so I thought I’d share some of the good things we’ve been eating recently.
Since my bariatric surgery, I have followed a very strict sugar-free, very low carb diet. I don’t eat anything with added sugar at all, and very few things with natural sugars (some yogurt and tomato sauce, for example, but only if there’s no added sugar).
I have always loved barbecue sauce, and losing that was a real pain point for me during the first few months of my surgery recovery. We had to find a sugar-free recipe that would stand in for my old favorite, Sweet Baby Ray’s (oh my goodness, you don’t want to know how much sugar is in just 2 tablespoons of that stuff!).
This recipe doesn’t taste like Sweet Baby Ray’s. I won’t lie to you and say that it does. It does taste good, though, and once you lose your cravings for sweet foods (which does take a few weeks at best), you will not miss the sugary flavor of the traditional BBQ sauce.
How to Make Homemade Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce
- Heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the onion and garlic until it smells up the house and gets soft. Reduce heat to medium low.
- Add the ketchup, apricot preserves, chili powder, mustard, and liquid smoke to the saucepan.
- Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until thickened sufficiently. To simmer means to cook until bubbly but not boiling and keep it at this temperature. If the sauce boils (lots of bubbles at one time), turn the heat down.
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