Friday, February 3, 2012

Homemade BBQ Sauce

After days and days of gray clouds and rain, the sun decided to break through and shine down on us. I don't know about you all, but the type of food I am in the mood for often depends on the weather. Well, those sunbeams got Matt and I craving some good ol' BBQ sauce to go with the chicken thawing in the fridge.

Mission for the afternoon: Sugar-free BBQ sauce!

I browsed barbecue sauce recipes online to get a feel for the basic ingredients and then modified them to fit within my dietary restrictions. It took a bit of adjusting as I went along but the end I had something sweet yet tangy, spicy, and gooey.... everything a good barbeque sauce should be.

I use my husband as my official taste tester and I knew this sauce was ready when he said "Its terrible!" as he grinned and went in for a second bite.

             1 Tbsp oil
             1 small onion, diced
             2 cloves garlic, minced
             6 oz can tomato paste
             1/2 cup honey
             2 Tbsp vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
             2 Tbsp mustard powder
             pinch of ground cloves
             Chipotle powder to taste
             1 cup water


Heat oil in pan over medium heat and cook the onion for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat 10-20 minutes or until desired consistency is reached. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes before transferring sauce to a food processor. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.

This recipe produced a little over 2 cups of sauce which would be plenty for 4 to 6 people. Play around with the seasonings and adjust it for your personal preference. You could add in a bit of Worcestershire sauce too. Also, the type of honey you use will influence the flavor. I recommend clover honey because the underlying flavors are pretty mild.

I look forward to using this recipe this summer. Our oven-cooked chicken tasted great with the sauce but I know it would be even better from the grill.


  1. I want to try some! Sounds delicious!

  2. Made this with Chipotle peppers in that preserving sauce (which I forget the name for) and it was divine.

  3. I'm glad it turned out so tasty!

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