Recently I wanted an organic BBQ sauce for chicken…
And we used to like a certain store-bought kind, but those days are over since that has high fructose corn syrup (a heart-killer ingredient), just like almost all store-bought sauces do. We've tried an organic BBQ sauce from the health food store and didn't like it. So I made up my own with help from my friend Nancy!
UPDATE: If you don't want to make the BBQ sauce recipe below (even though it's really easy) and just want to keep some on hand, I finally found some that we all love! It has no MSG, no HFCS, no preservatives, and mostly organic ingredients! Find it here.
What is this organic BBQ sauce good on you ask? Ohhhh, so many things…
- BBQ chicken on the grill (then serve on a bun if you wish)
- Pulled pork or beef BBQ sandwiches
- BBQ mac and cheese (just make this mac and cheese and add a little BBQ sauce on the side, even better is serving it with the pulled pork too!)
- BBQ ribs
- Use it for part of your sauce in baked beans
- Use it like a steak sauce
- Use as a meatball (or meatloaf) sauce
- Use as a pork tenderloin glaze
- Use as a glaze for chicken wings
- BBQ chicken pizza or calzones–my favorite!
- BBQ bacon burgers
- Did I miss any?
Organic BBQ Sauce Recipe
- About 1/4 cup palm sugar , raw honey, molasses or maple syrup. (Note, if using a liquid sweetener, your sauce may not be as thick, but will taste just as great.)
- 2 Tablespoons organic lemon juice OR 2 raw apple cider vinegar --or use a little of both
- 1 24 ounce bottle of organic ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons mustard --or more to your taste
- 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 Tablespoons fermented soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt --or more to your taste (taste-test it!)
- 3/4 teaspoon paprika
- Update: I recently bought some liquid smoke --it had an ingredient label that looked pretty OK! I used 1/8 teaspoon--start out small like that and you can always add more if you like the taste. I thought it was good!
- Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan and simmer for 5-10 minutes. This makes a lot of sauce, you may want to halve the recipe. The recipe isn't exact, just do lots of taste testing and play around with it until you like it.
If you liked this organic BBQ sauce, please let me know in the comments!
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